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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.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Jam Session @ the Dun Cow, Jesmond - Sept. 12

Giles Strong (guitar); Mick Shoulder (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Ingo Torbahn, John Rowland (tenor); Kate O'Neill, Alice Grace (vocal); Marek Podstowek (melodica/drums/perc.); Charlie Gordon (guitar).
(Review by Lance).
Another day, another jam. Is it the Jazz Café or is it the Globe? Maybe it's Charts or perhaps the Dun Cow? It can't be the Fire Station because that's tomorrow which means that, as today is Wednesday, the choice is between the Globe and the Dun Cow.
Such is the dilemma one faces - too much jam and not enough bread. Another evening of SummertimeStella By Starlight, Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are, Green Dolphin St. and There Will Never be Another You to spice the jaded palate.
As it turned out only the latter two numbers were on last night's menu at the Dun Cow (10% off the ale with a loyalty card helped me to make my decision!) which made a change.
Marek, the drumming melodica man from Poland via Melbourne, once again demonstrated what can be done with his unusual instrument. Singers Kate and Alice offered contrasting styles as did Ingo, the Teutonic tenorman, and John Rowland who sounded as if he'd found the answer to that eternal question What is This Thing Called Love?
Both guitarists were on form although houseman Giles needed a little more volume to be heard clearly, as did bassman Mick, such was the competition from the offstage barflies.
Russ and Marek were immune to such irritants.
Just another day at the office.
Photos.
Lance.

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