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15260 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 279 of them this year alone and, so far, 92 this month (March 29).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 02: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 04: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 04: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Bradley Johnston (guitar); Paul Grainger (double bass); Abbie Finn (drums).

Wed 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 05: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 05: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 05: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 06: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Donations. Feat. John Pope, Marie Shreer, John Garner.
Thu 06: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibtion Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.
Thu 06: Darlington Big Band @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Note earlier start time.

Fri 07: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 07: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 07: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 07: Finntet + Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE.
Fri 07: TBA @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 08: Me Lost Me + Ceitidh Mac + Heather Ferrier @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm. JNE.
Sat 08: Joseph Carville Trio @ The Vault, Darlington Covered Market, Darlington DL1 5PN. 6:00pm. New venue, live jazz!
Sat 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. RESCHEDULED from last week (Sat 01).
Sat 08: Robbie Reay @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Acoustic blues. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.
Sat 08: Anth Purdy @ Mr Tighe's, Bebside, Northumberland. 8:30pm.

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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