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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Stuart Turner @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Fri 26: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Fri 26: Bold Big Band @ Old Coal Yard, Byker, Newcastle. 9:30pm. A Newcastle Fringe Festival event.

Friday, March 25, 2022

The Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Gala Theatre, Durham - March 25

(© Malcolm Sinclair)
Dean Stockdale (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); John Bradford (drums)

On a beautiful summer-like spring day Tony Eales introduced Dean Stockdale's concert in the Gala Theatre's main auditorium rather than in the second floor studio space. A mid-afternoon event in the studio meant it was easier to accommodate Stockdale's piano trio on the main stage rather than hastily rearrange the room. Strangely, the venue's grand piano wasn't available, seemingly in storage. Undeterred, our Darlington based pianist would make full use of his keyboard. 

(© Malcolm Sinclair)
A set list comprising a double helping of Oscar Peterson, three GASbook staples together with three of Stockdale's accomplished compositions made for an enjoyable hour. The first call bass and drums pairing of Mick Shoulder and John Bradford more than met expectations. Stockdale's arrangement of Henry Mancini's Moon River set the standard, our pianist rooted in the tradition yet effortlessly imparting his take on the material. 

(© Malcolm Sinclair)
Jimmy Van Heusen's It Could Happen to You (what a great number!), Jimmy McHugh's On the Sunny Side of the Street given an inventive treatment, and Stockdale's First Light, inspired by a recent visit to Prague, went down well with the one hundred plus audience. So much so, at the end of the hour, several copies of Stockdale's CDs found new homes. 

To conclude his set, the affable Dean Stockdale, make that the affable trio, reprised Promise the Moon (the eponymous track from the pianist's second album) and, from Oscar Peterson's Canadiana Suite, the swinging Blues of the Prairies. Next month's concert on Friday 29 April in the studio space will feature the Riviera Effect, that's ex-pat American Pete Tanton (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals); Lloyd Wright (guitar) and today's drummer John Bradford. Book now on 03000 266 600 as it'll be yet another capacity audience. Russell                  

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