Paul Edis writes about jazz at the Durham Gala venue Friday lunchtime concerts
Feb 20 – Dean Stockdale Trio
Dean Stockdale is a jazz pianist and musician based in the North East of England. He is in great demand as a jazz teacher and performer for weddings, corporate events and jazz recitals. He has recently completed an eight month residency at the Savoy Hotel, London. His Influences are drawn from Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Kenny Barron and has studied with renowned jazz pianists Keith Tippet and David Newton.
An established figure on the Northern jazz scene the Dean Stockdale trio is completed with the formidable talents of James Birkett (guitar) and Mick Shoulder (double bass).
March 20 – Bruce Adams and Paul Edis
Not only is Bruce one the jazz scene’s most dramatic and stimulating performers, he is also a tremendously affable companion. A band-room with the Glaswegian Mr. Adams present is a happy and riotous place. His stream of jokes, anecdotes, and hilarious observations reflect an early immersion in show-biz, and a keen eye and ear for the many quirks of human nature. He has been a regular jazz poll-winner and with his spectacular range and power on the instrument has been in demand as a lead, and jazz trumpet man.
April 17 – Ruth Lambert Trio
"It's all about the intimacy of the trio. Three voices, each one as important as
the other" The Ruth Lambert Trio takes it's main influence from the early recordings of Julie London's Trio. With the intimate accompaniment of Giles Strong's guitar and Mick Shoulder's bass, Ruth
swings, improvises and transforms each song into something distinctive and personal.
Gala lunchtime concerts - all Gigs are 1-2pm in the Studio, tickets £4