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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.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ The Quakerhouse, Darlington - May 5

Anth Purdy (guitar)

This was one gig not associated with this year's Darlington Jazz Festival! The Quakerhouse pub presents live music several nights a week, week in, week out. Blues, rock, pop and, yes, jazz, but this late Sunday afternoon appearance by Northumberland's Anth Purdy offered a rockabilly-like take on some of the pioneering guitarists.


As a solo performer Purdy deploys a box of tricks which allows him to lay down a rhythm track and improvise over it with frequent use of a tremelo arm. The many jazz fans in town would have recognised the names - Charlie Christian, Les Paul, Django Reinhardt - as Purdy spoke, at times reverentially, about his guitar heroes. 

Purdy's rock 'n' roll leanings were evident in his guitar playing and dress code. The Ventures, Big Jay McNeely, a Dick Dale surf sound and an original, The Buckle Up, written as an homage to The Hucklebuck, neatly summed up what Purdy's gig is about. The Darlington Jazz Festival beckoned once more...    
Russell

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