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Guy Barker: "You have to play it [the trumpet] every day or you just won't be match-fit." - (Jazz Rag, Winter 2019.)

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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.

Monday, May 20, 2019

A Closer Walk to Charts - May 19

James Harrison (piano); Andy Champion (bass); Abbie Finn (drums) + Zoë Gilby (vocals), Alice Grace (vocals); Ben Helm (guitar).
(Review by Russell)

Charts has recently acquired itself a baby grand piano - hallelujah! Playing it this Sunday afternoon was none other than Teessider James Harrison working in the esteemed company of Andy Champion and Abbie Finn. 

Blue SkiesSunny, the trio in fine form. Few in, as usual, then up stepped Zoë Gilby to sing, by way of tribute to the late, great Doris Day - Secret Love - fantastic! 

Something Latin then Body and Soul and, to close the first of three sets, Harrison called Just a Closer Walk With Thee - hallelujah! 

An interval chat with all and sundry, an Anarchy refill then onto the second set. Their monthly Bonbar residency done and dusted Alice Grace and Ben Helm wandered down to the Quayside to sit-in here at Charts. Route 66 (all the evocative place names - Flagstaff, Arizona, Gallop, New Mexico etc in the right order!). Then, a fabulous rendition of As Time Goes By. At this juncture, your correspondent made his excuses and left (reminiscent of the News of the Screws!) in order to get to Sue Ferris' gig on time at the Black Bull in Blaydon. 
Russell.

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