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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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Postage

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.

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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