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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 08, 2018

JB's Cats @ Sage Gateshead - Dec 8

Bradley Johnston (MD); Lucien Guest (trumpet, flugelhorn); Nathan Lawson (guitar); Tom Henery (guitar); Alex Shipsey (bass guitar); Gemma Watson (drums)
(Review by Russell)

As the saying goes: When the boss is away the cats will play...or something like that. JB, that's James Birkett, was elsewhere fulfilling a long-standing concert engagement so Bradley Johnston stepped in to keep an eye on things. 

JB's Cats comprises members of Sage Gateshead's Centre for Advanced Training. This evening's short concert set consisted of five numbers performed by an accomplished teenage quintet. One or two of the cats are veterans - sixth formers! - of prestigious jazz festivals and high-quality jam sessions, the others no slouches when it comes to playing jazz. 

No More BluesWaltz for Debby featuring the mature-beyond-his-years guitar playing of Nathan Lawson and fellow guitarist Tom Henery (heard recently with Jambone) then Monk a la funk - Well, You Needn't - heard our guitarists soloing again cajoled by the funky bass and drums cats Alex Shipsey and Gemma Watson. 

MD Johnston stood to one side allowing his young charges to play. And they played on...Mal Waldron's Soul Eyes a flugelhorn feature for the impressive Lucien Guest, and to close, a funky take on Now's the Time. There is one more opportunity this term to hear JB's Cats. Early (sometime from 11:00am) on Saturday (Dec 15) the ensemble will be entertaining visitors to Sage Gateshead. Why not take a break from the rigours of festive shopping and look in on the South Bank (aka Sage Gateshead)?  

Russell

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