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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 ...


Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

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.

Monday, February 06, 2023

Dean Stockdale Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - Feb. 5

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Dean Stockdale (keys); Tim Williams (guitar); Gavin Barras (bass); Gaz Hughes (drums).

As most jazz fans who attend live events in both the north east and the north west will know, Dean is a big admirer of the late Oscar Peterson and for this gig many of the tunes selected were composed by the Canadian pianist. I was pretty young when I first heard Oscar playing Tenderly on one of the AFN jazz shows and it made a lasting impression on me. One of the things I like about Peterson is the way he performs as a sideman backing such greats as Stan Getz and Lester Young. I did see see him a few times live, mainly solo or with NHOP on bass but they were  gigs that were not all that memorable.

I was pleased to see Dean had added a first rate guitarist to the lineup who was well suited to interpreting the tricky arrangements. Tim Williams did a great job and was ably assisted by the bass and drums team of Gavin Barras and Gaz Hughes. It was good to hear the bass playing a prominent role in the quartet and he had a major part to play in the intro to Nigerian Market Place. I can’t praise Gavin enough, he always sounds brilliant no matter what situation he finds himself in.  If I had to pick out a high spot it would be difficult but maybe it would be Falling In Love With Love which started in 3/4 time then switched to 4/4 then back to 3/4 for the final chorus. The quartet had no problem with the tempo changes I’m pleased to report. 

I also liked what they did with Jimmy Forrest’s Night Train which closed the first set and featured a solo from Tim Williams which made me think of Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel who often worked with Peterson. The concert concluded with Peterson’s Hymn To Freedom.

The next jazz night at the Railway is on Feb. 7 with the Ed Kainyek Quartet. Mike Farmer


Blues Etude; Falling In Love With Love; Bossa Beguine; Have You Met Miss Jones?;Nigerian Market Place; Night Train; Noreen's Nocturne; When Summer Comes; Blues For the Prairies; Wheatland; Place De Henrie (?); Hymn To Freedom.

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