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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Dean Stockdale & Louise Dodds @ Jazz Cafe Mezzanine - Mar 4

Dean Stockdale (piano); Louise Dodds (vocals)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley)

Louise Dodds was on an away day from her Edinburgh home. Vocalist Dodds has worked with Dean Stockdale in the past and this duo gig up on Newcastle Arts Centre's mezzanine floor reunited the pair for a set of standards with one or two of Dodds' original compositions thrown in for good measure. 

If I Should Lose You sang Dodds. Choice material with which to introduce herself to an expectant full house, our visiting vocalist, possessing a light, predominately upper register delivery impressed with her command of a lyric (sheet music, iPad, get out of here!). Dodds was the unknown quantity unlike pianist Dean Stockdale, a familar face on the Tyneside jazz scene. An innately swinging pianist with the ability to incorporate stride patterns seemingly at will, Stockdale proved to be an ideal supportive accompanist to Ms Dodds. 

Freddie Hubbard's waltz Up Jumped SpringUntil the Real Thing Comes Along (Dodds' voice a bebop horn) and Kenny Dorham's Poetic Spring suggested our vocalist was more than comfortable with the breadth of material in the set list. 

An original composition - Time and Place - startegically placed between Bobby Timmons' Moanin' and Horace Silver's Lonely Woman held up well. Kenny Wheeler's Everbody's Song but My Own appears to be a favourite with contemporary jazz vocalists and Dodds is no different and again with everybody's favourite, Clifford Brown's Joyspring
More GASbook material - Johnny Mercer's Midnight Sun (languid stride piano), Gershwin's Our Love is Here to Stay (Dodds' light scatting) and Ray Noble's The Touch of Your Lips - confirmed today's guest knows how to put together a winning set list!

Pannonica, the homage to the Bebop Baroness, followed by Louise Dodds' Nowhere to Hide rounded off an enjoyable afternoon up on the mezzanine. Ms Dodds departed to indulge in a spot of retail therapy before catching a homeward bound train. 
Russell            

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