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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, January 19, 2019

Early Bird Band @ Lit & Phil - Jan. 19

Paul Edis (MD, piano, clarinet, alto sax); Lucien Guest (trumpet); Haaruun Miller (soprano sax); Tom Henery (guitar); Alex Shipsey (bass guitar); Dylan Thompson (drums)
(Review by Russell) 

They'd been workshopping for a couple of hours prior to the doors opening to the public. MD Paul Edis put the Early Birders through their paces as they looked at four new tunes. Today's quintet opened with Our Love is Here to Stay. Guitarist Tom Henerey stepped forward, as did pocket dynamo trumpeter Lucien Guest with a round of fours thrown in to see if Dylan Thompson was awake this Saturday morning...he was.


The Shadow of Your Smile as a bossa heard from Haaruun Miller (there would be more from the young man later) and Henerey once more with Dr. Edis switching from flute to piano. Rodgers and Hart's My Romance featured the horns once again and then onto the final number of the half-hour set. Haaruun Miller, playing soprano sax, found himself in the onerous role of John Coltrane famously examining My Favorite Things. Dr. Edis smiled, your scribe wondered if Haaruun was familiar with Trane's take. As the quintet - Guest, Miller, Henery and the ace rhythm section - Alex Shipsey, bass, and Dylan Thompson, drums - readied itself, MD Edis returned to the Lit & Phil's  Kawai to play McCoy Tyner's intro. Our soprano sax man hung in there, after all, Trane himself had to start somewhere!   
Russell

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