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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, July 22, 2022

JATLP: Dean Stockdale's Celebrating Oscar Quartet - July 22

Dean Stockdale (piano); Bim Williams (guitar); Gavin Barras (bass); Gaz Hughes (drums).

A glance at the personnel listed above may suggest that this was a gig at the Railway in Stockport as all four musicians are frequently mentioned in despatches by our way out west correspondent Mike Farmer. However, the grand piano and the old masters adorning the walls of this historic building soon squashed that thought.

Dean Stockdale is, of course, a familiar and well-respected pianist north, south, east and west of The Pennines - in fact the previous night he'd been gigging in Torquay - and his reputation as an authority and indeed an exponent of the music of Oscar Peterson is written in stone. All that is missing is the Canadian accent and the occasional grunt when his solo peaks.

Bim Williams, needless to say, has had the thumbs up from Mike since he first heard him and, let me tell you, he called it right - a revelation.

Gavin Barras impressed on bass. Despite being unamplified, the sound came across beautifully and I can understand the high regard with which he is held in 'over there'.

Gaz Hughes is perhaps better known to BSH readers via CD reviews and a tremendous Art Blakey Sextet tribute at Gosforth Civic back in the day when you didn't become a social pariah if you sneezed. He's a drummer who, even when he's soloing, doesn't forget the tune that he's actually playing.

It's difficult to conceive that the quartet hadn't played the material prior to this afternoon. The international language of jazz  prevailed: a nod, a wink, a shake of the head, a raised eyebrow etc to augment the charts was enough - they even managed to, at least temporarily, suspend my dislike of fours!

These JATLP sessions rarely deliver anything less than excellence and today topped just about everything that had preceded it. I feel sad for the squares who weren't there - Lance

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Pamela Young (on F/b) said...

Really excellent gig x

Unknown said...

Great gig, superb musicianship and program, I shall be dipping heavily back into my modest Oscar Peterson collection on the back of it.
What a lovely room acoustically for the performance too (my first visit to the Lit and Phil) I’ve never heard a double bass sound better than how it naturally expanded and bloomed in that room. My thanks to the musicians and organisers alike.

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