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15103 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 122 of them this year alone and, so far, 20 this month (Feb. 6).

From This Moment On ...

February

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guest band: Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Richie Emmerson (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Sat 11: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 2:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com.
First gig of four (1/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA. SOLD OUT!
Sat 11: New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 7:00pm. £15.00. on the door.
Sat 11: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 7:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com. Second gig of four (2/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA. SOLD OUT!
Sat 11: Vermont Big Band & the Coast Connection @ The Seahorse, Whitley Bay FC. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. hot buffet), raffle. SOLD OUT!
Sat 11: The Rebelators @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 12: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. LAST SESSION!
Sun 12: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 2:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com. Third gig of four (3/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA. SOLD OUT!
Sun 12: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 12: Jive Aces @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Sun 12: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 7:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com. Fourth gig of four (4/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA.
Sun 12: Sylvain Darrifourcq-Manuel Hermia-Valentin Ceccaldi @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

Mon 13: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 13: Central Bar Quintet @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00. First set: The Central Bar Quintet plays Horace Silver's The Tokyo Blues (featuring Pete Tanton). Second set: standards & more (no jam session).

Tue 14: ???

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

Blues Etude; Noreen's Nocturne; Nigerian Marketplace; Bossa Beguine; Blues of the Prairie; Wheatland; C Jam Blues; Hymn to Freedom; Night Train.

2 comments :

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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