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16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Friday, February 17, 2023

Syd Lawrence Orchestra: Big Band Brass @ The Fire Station, Sunderland - Feb. 15

(© M. Lamb)
The popularity of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra is undiminished. The band's first visit to Sunderland's magnificent Fire Station venue attracted a large crowd. Two full one hour sets under the metaphorical baton of Chris Dean produced the goods with a programme offering something for everyone. The suited-and-booted orchestra filed onto stage to a warm Wearside welcome. From the down beat the sound balance was exceptionally good and the stage lighting ensured no one was left out of the spotlight.

The SLO line-up read like a who's who of the big band world. Between them they've been there, done that. From La Scala to the John Wilson Orchestra to stints on the QE2 to the BBC Big Band and BBC Concert Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Carnegie Hall, countless radio and television engagements, Royal Variety Performances (plural), Hollywood film soundtracks galore, yes, there's no doubting the collective pedigree. 

Opening with Stompin' at the Savoy set the standard with all sections firing, the rhythm section - pianist Trevor Brown, bassist Tom Mark and long-serving powerhouse drummer Dave Tandy - one to die for. Section leaders and soloists hit the spot. A weak link? There wasn't one. The veteran members of the band were joined for the first time by twenty two year old trumpeter Adam Neild. What a thrill it must have been for the young man standing in the section alongside Tony Dixon, Richard Freeman and hotshot Chris Snead! Sing, Sing, Sing maintained the momentum before MD Chris Dean took it down a notch, just a notch, with the introduction of vocalist Jo Marshall singing Get Me to the Church on Time. Ms Marshall remained on stage to sing Shirley Bassey's hit This is My Life. Confident, secure, the ideal vocalist to front the SLO. 

The programme was nothing if not varied: The Girl from IpanemaString of Pearls (inevitably), Chris Dean singing Tender is the Night, confiding Tony Bennett is one of his musical heroes, and another Glenn Miller winner, Pennsylvania 6-5000, audience sing-a-long all but compulsory. The second set opened with an extended James Bond medley (the trumpet section blowing for fun). More Major G. Miller - American PatrolLittle Brown Jug, then a 'left turn!' to Quincy Jones' Soul Bossa Nova featuring Emily Burkhardt (of Manager's Big Band fame) on baritone sax. 

MD Dean is no mean singer, once again demonstrating the fact with a fine take on Matt Monro's big hit Portrait of My Love. The Fire Station's audience loved every minute of the two hours and more that the Syd Lawrence Orchestra was on stage. Jo Marshall returned to sing a mellow More Than You Know, Major Miller parachuted in once more bearing gifts...Tuxedo Junction and, with the audience gently swaying, Moonlight Serenade. To close a most enjoyable evening the SLO went out Stan Kenton style. Can you hear those trumpets? They were absolutely bang on with a terrific take on The Peanut Vendor. MD Chris Dean asked the audience if the SLO should come back to Sunderland. A unanimous chorus of: Yes! suggests it could be same time next year.
Syd Lawrence Orchestra: Chris Dean (MD, trombone, vocals); Tony Dixon, Adam Neild, Richard Freeman, Chris Snead (trumpet); Steve Blyth (tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute), Emily Burkhardt (alto sax, baritone sax, clarinet); Damon Oliver (tenor sax, clarinet, flute); Adrian Wilkinson (alto sax, clarinet, flute);; Tom Dunnett, Andy Watson (trombone); Trevor Brown (piano); Tom Mark (double bass); Dave Tandy (drums); Jo Marshall (vocals) 

1 comment :

Barry Aitchison said...

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra was amazing. From Glenn Miller to James Bond all the solos were amazing and you could hear all the different sounds from bass clarinet to double bass and piano. Chris Dean played trombone and sang on one or two numbers. The Girl From Ipanema was good. The sounds were loud enough with lots of different colours and people getting up to dance as best as they could and the band went into the audience which was good as well. If they come back I would certainly go and see them again.

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