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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.

Friday, April 13, 2018

I Bought Some Blue Notes...

Another GIJF has been and gone and, as always, there were some wonderful moments and, as is the case at any festival of this magnitude, some not so wonderful moments. I won't go into the latter, suffice to say the good far outweighed the bad.
And, quite often, for those of impoverished means, the free concerts on the concourse often compared favorably with some of the top dollar ones. For many, I know that the concourse set by the House of the Black Gardenia was the highlight of the weekend and deservedly so.
I too found much delight on the concourse even away from the stage. No, I'm not referring to the engaging sales patter of the hucksters on the Jazz Co-op and Jazz North East stands or even the Cajun and Creole Pizza stall. I mean the CD stand.
Suddenly, I was a kid in the candy store again!
All those Blue Note CDs at 3 for a tenner!
I indulged liberally, without tummy ache and most certainly without earache! Grant Green, Kenny Burrell (Midnight Blue!), Joe Henderson, Hank Mobley, Stanley Turrentine (and what an underrated trumpet player his brother Tommy was), Horace Silver, Lou Donaldson, Sonny Clark, Kenny Dorham and so on. This was truly a golden era and how I wished there'd been a band playing in this vein at the festival. Good as Tony Allen's Art Blakey Tribute was it didn't quite match the original Jazz Messengers on Blue Note. Maybe that wasn't their intention.
In previous years we've had The Cookers mining that seam and maybe next year Serious will produce something. On the home front, a Brandon Allen/Quentin Collin band could fill the bill or Leo Richardson, Paul Moran and Paul Booth could also recreate the goings on at Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey and New York's West 63rd Street.. Come to think of it, even as I type, there's a band playing in Bishop Auckland Town Hall that might just be the answer...*
Lance.
PS: Not a Blue Note, nor American, but I've also been listening to a rather good CD recorded live at Wavendon in 1981 by the Daryl Runswick Quartet with Daryl on bass, Ray Warleigh, alto, Mike Pyne, piano and Spike Wells drums.
Play this in a blindfold test and few would say British!
* The Mick Shoulder Quintet.