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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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle - July 9


(Review by Russell)

It was a rainy night in Geor...sorry, wrong town, it was a rainy night in Newcastle. Perhaps the weather would deter both sitters-in and listeners alike. At eight o'clock in a sparsely populated Black Swan the house trio made a start with They Can't Take that Away from Me.  

Triste (João Gilberto recorded Jobim's number) played out to the hardcore before the trio lit the blue touchpaper with a scorching take on Billie's Bounce. Messrs Stockdale, Grainger and Walker went for it, not least jam session kingpin Mr G fuelled by who knows what...spinach? It was time to invite the first (the only?!) sitter-in to join the trio. All the way from Cleveland, Jan Spencelayh! The Nearness of You for starters, Devil May Care with pianist Stockdale suggesting 'last four' as he helped chart our most welcome guest through Bob Dorough's timeless composition. Similarly, Stockdale suggested 'last twelve' on Almost Like Being in Love. We'll be hearing more from Spencelayh, that's for sure.

Well, look who's in town...Andrea Pattison, no less! AP's contribution was brief- What a Difference a Day Makes - and then she was gone, not from the premises, you understand, but to take her seat in a, by now, slowly but surely filling Black Swan.


Matt MacKellar is in town for a few weeks before heading back to Berklee and readily gave Rob Walker a spell on Joyspring. Another visitor from the Tees Delta, Mr Bob Caswell, joined Stockdale and co to sing Moonlight in Vermont. An observer commented to the effect: When Bob's on form he's great. Agreed.

CALLING ALL BASS PLAYERS! The usual dearth of jam session bass players prompted PG to declare the trio would be taking five. Time for another bottle of Old Peculier...

Clad in cycling gear, John Rowland blew tenor until Jordan Alfonso arrived, this week toting his alto horn. JA suggested Nostalgia in Times Square. Stockdale said: It's one of my favourite numbers. Little did JA know it's one of the tracks on the pianist's excellent Origin CD! Tremendous playing all round with the still depping MacKellar's brushwork something to behold. Don't you just love jam sessions?! 

Summertime gets short shrift from BSH Editor-in-Chief LL, principally on the grounds he's heard it done a million times, but this outing proved a turn up for the books. Jamie Mackay was in town (with his Telecaster!) and squeezed onto a now bulging stage - trio, the horns and, wait for it, Mr Alec J Gamble. Was he here to dance? Blow bugle? No, tonight our Swing Tyne dancer sat by the piano and played a fine bluesy guitar solo, encouraged by bassist PG to 'keep going'. Stockdale took five with Marcus Tham sitting-in. Our affable Singaporean hung around long enough to play My Favorite Things, a super-swift, buoyant I Wish I Knew and then, we knew it was coming sooner or later, Marcus was making his final contribution to Newcastle's top flight jam session scene. St Thomas - joyous, with all blowing - bade farewell to Marcus as he is soon to return home to Singapore. Thanks Marcus, we'll hold you to your promise to return one day. You know where to find us - fortnightly Tuesdays in the Black Swan.         
Russell

Dean Stockdale (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums) + Jan Spencelayh, Andrea Pattison, Bob Caswell (vocals); John Rowland (tenor sax); Jordan Alfonso (alto sax); Alec J. Gamble, Jamie Mackay (guitars) ; Matt MacKellar (drums); Marcus Tham (piano).

1 comment :

Lance said...

Just like to offer my best wishes to Marcus. If I'd known you were leaving us so soon I'd have risen from my sick bed to wish you well.
It has been a pleasure hearing you play.