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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Saturday, December 01, 2018

CD Review: Laura Dickinson - Auld Lang Syne

Laura Dickinson (vocals/arrangements) + big band including Steve Trapani (bass trombone); Kye Palmer (trumpet); Andrew Synowiec (guitar) with other arrangements by James A. Mcmillen, Johnny Mandel, Brent Fischer, Larry Blank, Bill Liston, Alan Steinberger, Andrew Synowiec.
(Review by Lance)

Normally, Ann Alex would have been delegated for this Yuletide offering but Ann's already had one seasonal album so, as I don't think this is Russell's glass of mulled wine, I'll decide for myself as to whether it's a turkey or not.

Firstly, I do like Christmas, despite the false bonhomie and the dreadful sweaters, it's a time when you can get drunk without being treat as a social outcast and eat as much as you like without counting the calories. And, of course, there are the CDs such as this one...
Many of the musical Scrooges pour scorn on the maudlin sentiments expressed by the lyrics of most Christmas songs whilst, at the same time, ignoring the fact that a lot of them are jolly fine tunes and, minus the seasonal aspect, would be all year round standards (how's about some of our poets/poetesses writing a non-Christmas lyric to a Christmas song?)

The numbers here: Happy Holiday/The Holliday Season; I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm; Christmas is Starting Now; Peace and Joy; The Man With the Bag (Kay Starr laid down the benchmark for this one); Love You Didn't Do Right by Me (Rosie Clooney, wearing a figure-hugging black dress, sang it to Bing Crosby in White Christmas); A Marshmallow World (Bing sang this one on a Christmas album); Miss You Most; Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (JudyGarland sang it in Meet me in St. Louis) and Auld Lang Syne (everyone has sung this one!). A good choice and not too lachrymose. The arrangements could almost stand alone without the vocals and the solos are excellent.

Laura Dickinson is what Barbra Streisand might have been if she'd listened to Ella Fitzgerald instead of Ethel Merman. A wide range, a good sense of timing and some imaginative interpretations suggest that this lady from Orange County, CA is on her way.
Lance.

1 comment :

Elsie Laura Dickinson (on F/b). said...

Woooo, thank you so much Holly and Lance! Very grateful!

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