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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.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough @ The Globe - January 17

Mark Williams (guitar); Joel Byrne-McCullough (guitar) 
(Review by Russell) 

Friends from their days in Northern Ireland, students together in Newcastle, upon graduation Mark stayed on, Joel made for Manchester. Years later Joel returned to Tyneside and the two guitarists picked up where they left off.

Mark Williams and Joel Byrne-McCullough play jazz guitar and here at the Jazz Co-op's Railway Street HQ the duo entertained a wonderfully attentive audience playing a selection of GASbook to contemporary classics. 

There Will Never be Another YouWindowsAutumn in New YorkLittle Green Men from the pens of Harren Warren, Chick Corea, Vernon Duke and Peter Bernstein, the latter by way of contrafact, the New Yorker's tribute to Grant Green. Williams and Byrne-McCullough sat side by side, bottles of Hobgoblin at their feet, no need for music stands or iPads, they knew the material inside out. First one then the other stated the theme, their light-of-touch improvisations guided by their partner's assured bass string playing. Wes Montgomery's West Coast Blues closed a fine first set. 
 

Fittingly, Wes Montgomery's Four on Six opened the second set, offering a kind of symmetry to the evening. Williams' fingerstyle intro (plectrum placed on thigh) to Darn That Dream maintained the standard, the kind of playing that, if you closed your eyes, you could be in, say, the Village Vanguard, NYC rather than the Globe, NE4. Girl TalkAll the Things You Are, more from Chick Corea with the guitarists' test piece Spain (full marks awarded!) to I'll Be Seeing You. Mark and Joel played their duo gig without ego, there was mutual respect, that's for sure. The Globe's audience wanted another one...a blues suggested Joel. A third set wouldn't have gone amiss.    
Russell.

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