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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...

August

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

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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