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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.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Triple First: Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee – March 6.

Dean Stockdale (piano); Mick Shoulder (bass); Russ Morgan (drums).
(Review/photos by Jerry E)

This was the first time I had made it to the Lubetkin Theatre for one of the lunchtime gigs which Emma Fisk has been running since last September; the first time I had heard Dean Stockdale play, and the first time I had heard the two excellent original compositions – First Light and Another Time – which featured in today’s set-list.

Those two, of which more later, were sandwiched between interesting arrangements of various standards (for interesting, try Hoagy Carmichael’s The Nearness of You done “a bit James Bond-ish”!) sensitively performed by three of our top musicians.


Nostalgia in Times Square was the opener, as it is on Stockdale’s CD which I purchased after enjoying the gig today. From Mingus to Gershwin, next up was They Can’t Take That Away from Me during which I thought I heard a quote from Singing in the Rain – or was it just today’s weather which put the thought in my head? Either way, Mick was silently singing during his solo (as is his wont) on My Romance! Out of Nowhere was built entirely around Russ Morgan’s drumming and featured a great snap ending. Witchcraft concluded the (all too short) performance in fine style.

There was an element of witchcraft, or at least enchantment, about the original, First Light. Melodic, almost classical in parts, this featured deft brush-work from Russ Morgan and “Danse Macabre” style bass from Mick Shoulder as well as a lovely fade-out finish. The ballad-style original, Another Time, was also gently melodic (I could readily imagine lyrics being penned to go with it) and featured another fine bass solo. I liked the ending here, too – bowed bass and tinkling piano.

So, I can unreservedly commend my “triple firsts”: the Lubetkin is easy to get to (literally two minutes off the A19) and, with music of this quality on offer, it’s well worth the trip. I’ll be making that trip again on the first of May for Zoë  Gilby and Andy Champion. Fans of Messrs. Stockdale, Shoulder and Morgan should make a bee-line for Bishop Auckland Town Hall on March 15 where all 3 appear alongside Graham Hardy and Lewis Watson – a mouth-watering prospect!

Jerry

1 comment :

Emma Fisk said...

Many thanks for the review Jerry and for making the journey to deepest, darkest Peterlee!
Look forward to seeing you in May.
Emma