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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

BABMUS @ The Jazz Café - Jan 25

Bearpark: Tom Bearpark (Hammond organ); Jamie Jingles (guitar); Stephen Hall (bass) & Adam Watson (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Tom Bearpark knew it, he said he wasn’t surprised. Late January is a difficult time of year to ask people to come out and support live music. Bandleader Bearpark thanked those who turned out, and, with his BABMus colleagues ready to go, fired-up the Hammond.




The Jazz Café’s upstairs room reverberated to the sound of Bearpark’s SK2. We’ve heard him at the Pink Lane upright, we’ve heard him at the house Nord, tonight, Bearpark would tussle with the big beast. The monthly BABMUS session is a platform for students on Sage Gateshead’s BA and BMus music degree courses to escape the white wall rehearsal room and play a gig in front of the paying public. Tom Bearpark isn’t Jimmy – McGriff or Smith, more like a Bearpark with a manic, at times, prog rock sound. Whatever the tune, it got the Bearpark treatment. His bandmates, guitarist Jamie Jingles (Jingles aka…that would be telling!), the assured bassist Stephen Hall and drummer Adam Watson, were up for the challenge responding to Bearpark’s signals – hand or eye – when a change in tempo was required or to return to the head.

Numbers ranged from an accomplished Tom Bearpark composition titled Sergeant Bird to a Gothic take on My Favorite Things, to, at times, a demented version of In a Sentimental Mood (if ever the musicians’ jokey alternative title applied – In a Semi-Mental Mood – this was the occasion!). Jamie Jingles shared solo spots with Bearpark. Interestingly, Jamie J doesn’t use a pick, and he certainly has a distinctive sound playing his Telecaster. The Hammond lends itself to a bossa and Bearpark duly dipped into the bag marked ‘Bossa.’ The evening’s closing number featured Adam Watson on Take Five. The 5/4 to 7/8 time signatures didn’t inhibit our drummer, this was his opportunity to let us hear what he could do, and he did just that.


Bearpark is a student band, it’s come on leaps and bounds over the last year and it’ll be interesting to see which direction these young musicians take next. 
Russell.           

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