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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, June 16, 2018

Durham University Big Band @ The Jazz Café - June 15

(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
If I thought the Bold Big Band were loud at the Dun Cow on Tuesday, DUBB, in the Jazz Café's upper room, made them seem like a string quartet. This is no reflection on either band but on the dimensions of the room. The Dun Cow had more space for the sound to travel and the chat level of some of the infidels in the audience also absorbed the band's decibels with a few decibels of their own. At the Caff, the sound was trapped and the audience a more attentive one. The main thing about both gigs was the sight of so many young musicians playing, so brilliantly, the music we love.
There was also an aura of sadness at both gigs as, being the end of term, several of the key players are departing for pastures new.
Tonight saw final appearances from alto/soprano saxist Dan Garel and drummer Tristan Bacon. Star players both, their departure akin to that of a Newcastle United Number 9 (Jackie Milburn, Super Mac, Alan Shearer etc.) leaving/retiring.
Both players let fellow band members and fans know what they were losing in no uncertain terms - particularly on Caravan, a Callum Au arrangement. 
There was a fine smattering of solos throughout with trombonist Patrick Morris kicking things off on Just Friends. Big fat sound. Frontman Zach Fox followed up on tenor and Garel began his long goodbye...
NYJO's Mark Armstrong, who'd, last week, put the band through their paces at a Durham workshop charted A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and the band did him and the song justice.
Vocalist Evie looked good and sounded good (after some mic. adjustments) on Cheek to Cheek. Trumpet solo (Matt Clark) also impressed.
Point of Departure was in a more contemporary vein. Garel on soprano soloed and exchanged fours with trumpet (again M.Clark).
Eleanor Rigby featured Alex Flanders on flugel and Evie returned for I Can Do Better, She can, but tonight, on this number at least, it was a losing battle with the wall of sound behind her.
Rob Singleton fared better, but only just, on a rocky number that I failed to catch. Good voice and a mover too.
A shorter second set included a Shorter (Wayne) composition - Footprints; Robert Glasper's Let it Ride with Evie in good voice and Zach blowing some gutsy tenor; Singleton sang I Won't Dance à la Frank and finally (well almost finally) Evie sang the most amazing hip-hop vocal on Diddy-Bop and Dan blew as if there was no tomorrow.
Personnel listed is an educated guess.
Zach did namecheck everyone but, as he did it almost as fast as they played the Love For Sale encore my pen couldn't cope with it.
A superb evening by a superb band - let's see what next year's crop comes up with. It won't be easy...
Lance.
Dan Garel, Laura Buckingham alto; Zach Fox, tenor; Matt Shaw baritone;
Louis Clayden, Alex Flanders, Honor Hornsby, Matt Clark trumpet; 
Patrick Morris, Jordan Wiseman, Tommy Wise trombone; 
Tom Burgess guitar; Danny Booth piano; Dylan Purches bass; Tristan Bacon drums; 
Evie Hill, Rob Singleton vocals.

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