Two nights with the Strictly Smokin' Big Band at Gosforth Civic Theatre in Newcastle (Fri 14 & Sat 15) are officially sold out. If you haven't got a ticket you could try pestering the box office (0191 284 3700) for returns. Fortunately the SSBB will be doing it all again on Sunday 23 at Hoochie Coochie. It's a 5:30 start, tickets are selling fast, so, don't delay, get on to the band's website or the venue's website to secure your tickets!
A Jazzy Christmas is Paul Edis' popular seasonal presentation. Last year's inaugural Sage Gateshead concert sold out and ticket sales for this year's renewal (Fri 21) suggest another sell out is on the cards. Vocalist Jo Harrop returns, as does Yorkshire-born, London-resident saxophonist Matt Anderson alongside Emma Fisk, Graham Hardy, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan and a sack-full of guests. If Thursday (20) suits you better Edis will be presenting the same show at Ushaw, Durham with John Garner on violin in place of the indisposed Fisk.
Christmas Eve...what do you mean you're busy? Hand to Mouth - that's Lindsay Hannon and Bradley Johnston - will be playing tunes from 11:00am at Ernest on Boyd Street, Newcastle. It's free admission, treat yourself to a coffee and some (Christmas?) cake as you listen to Ella accompanied by Joe Pass...they're that good!
Boxing Day...forget the 'I shop therefore I am' madness and head down to the coast. Metros and buses will be running, take a bracing walk along the seafront then, from noon, visit the magnificently restored Spanish City in Whitley Bay to catch the Vieux Carré Hot 4.
Sunday 30 at the Jazz Co-op's HQ on Railway Street reunites the Francis Tulip Quartet - guitarist Tulip (Birmingham Conservatoire), Ben Lawrence (Durham Uni), Michael Dunlop (Guildhall) and Matt MacKellar (Berklee) - for a seasonal post-bop tear-up. Simply unmissable.
And finally, New Year's Eve isn't devoid of jazz, far from it. To mention but two gigs - the last night (that's the last night ever before relocating to Newcastle) at Gateshead's Prohibition Bar promises a varied bill of fayre (including burlesque!) with the jazz interest supplied by Strictly Speakeasy, and, from late NYE into the early hours of 2019, the Tyneside Cinema's celebrations include music courtesy of the Bradley Johnston Trio.
The full gig listings:
Dec 14 Swing Manouche Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Dec 14 Classic Swing Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Gateshead NE9 5UB
Dec 14 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Dec 14 Will Howard Trio Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Dec 15 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Dec 15 Big Band Theory Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Dec 16 Jazztones Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Dec 16 Paul Edis Trio Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Dec 17 Ruth Lambert Trio Beaumont Hotel, Hexham NE46 3LT
Dec 17 Glenn Miller Orchestra (UK) Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 18 Gala Big Band Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Dec 19 Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra Newcastle City Hall NE1 8SF
Dec 20 Alice Grace Bonbar, Newcastle NE1 5XU*
Dec 20 A Jazzy Christmas Ushaw, Durham DH7 7DW
Dec 21 Nu Bossa Band Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 21 King Bee Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Dec 21 A Jazzy Christmas Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 22 Hand to Mouth Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle NE1 6QG
Dec 23 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Dec 24 Jazz in the Afternoon Cullercoats Crescent Club NE30 4QS*
Dec 26 Vieux Carré Hot 4 Spanish City, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG*
Dec 30 Francis Tulip Quartet The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Dec 31 Strictly Speakeasy Prohibition Bar NE8 2BA