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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, December 01, 2018

Hot Club du Nord @ St. Cuthbert’s Parish Hall, Crook, - Nov. 30.

Emma Fisk (violin); James Birkett, Dave Harris  (guitars); Bruce Rollo (bass).
(Review/rhyme/pics by Jerry E).

Saint Cuthbert’s Hall was heaving,
Most of Crook was there.
Emma stepped in wearing blue suede shoes
And tossing her jet-black hair.

The opening tune was introduced
It was Honeysuckle Rose
James Birkett’s heels were tapping then
And so were Emma’s toes!


The crowd was quickly in the groove,
No-one could sit still
Through Django’s Oriental Shuffle
Or his later hit, Belleville.

On Dinah the guitars both soloed
They really owned the place,
Then up stepped Big Bruce Rollo
And wowed us with his bass.

Nuages was a typical title
The night was très Francais –
We were thrilled to bits with Django’s hits:
Si Tu Savais and J’attendrai.

While Crazy Rhythm abounded
With Charleston and Minor Swing,
We were also there in Berkeley Square
Where we heard a nightingale sing.

Christmas was not forgotten –
Merry Gentlemen need not frown
As Emma and the boys reminded us,
Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

So for Crook ’18, a rousing end
But readers do not fear –
Paul Edis has promised a “big reveal”
When he knows who’s on next year.

Big thanks to all Crook’s helpers
And Patrick, Anne and Paul
For making us welcome to feast on jazz
God bless them, one and all!
Jerry

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