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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.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

CD Review: Snorre Kirk - Beat

Snorre Kirk (drums/compositions); Tobias Wiklund (cornet); Klas Lindquist (alto sax/clarinet); Jan Harbeck (tenor sax); Magnus Hjorth (piano); Lasse Mørk (bass).
(Review by Lance).

Reading the blurb that accompanies CDs for review can either whet your appetite or make you wonder if the writer is in the right job. Here, a reference is made to a composition by Duke Ellington's bassist - Juan Tizol!

Fortunately, the music makes up for this howler so I read no further, leaving the music to speak for itself.

Unlike so many Scandinavian albums (Kirk is Norwegian, Lindquist and Wiklund are Swedish, Harbeck and Mørk are Danish), Beat sits comfortably 'twixt swing and bop having the luxuriant feel of an Ellington small group whilst, at the same time, sounding as modern as a late breakfast. In other words, it swings without dragging.

Wiklund blows cornet with a Clark Terry puckishness, Lindquist evokes Hodges and Carter, whilst Harbeck has listened to Ben and Hawk and, although pianist Hjorth and, bassist Mørk have maybe looked as far forward as a late supper they haven't stray(horn)ed away from the overall picture. As for leader Snorre Kirk, he's not only a first-class timekeeper but he also composed all but one of the numbers - the exception being valve trombonist Tizol's Zanzibar.

If you like your jazz sans banjo but avec not too many flattened fifths then this is one to check out.

Love it madly.
Lance.
Available on Stunt Records STUCD18142 or STULP18141.