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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Havana Club 5 @ Empty Shop, Durham. Nov. 6

Carlos Luis Rivera (Vocals, Timbales/Bongos); Paco Rivera (Congas/Hand Perc.); Paul Grainger (Bs Gtr); Alan Law (Piano)
(Review by Teresa Driscoll).
It’s a weekday night, this quirky city centre venue is full to bursting, all seats and floor space taken... and the manager’s having to turn people away. The audience members - mostly students - listen and watch reverentially.  No, not a scene from a 1960s folk revival concert – it’s a Havana Club 5 gig in Durham, part of the monthly jazz night programme at Empty Shop.
Our evening of Latin and Afro Cuban music is led by front man Carlos who entertains with his spirited percussion, strong vocals, dancing, audience engagement, and humour “On percussion we have mi primo, Paco Rivera; on bass, we have el señor......Paul, and on piano, el señor.... el señor... Alan”. You had to be there.
The band kicks off with a number called Carlito’s Way (by Carlos), followed by the steadier El Cantante and moving on with Vacilon, Vivar and Mandinga. There were excellent solos from all the band members who have very different styles and energy, but complement each other well.
Set 2 starts with a dramatic version of jazz standard Afro Blue. Percussion instruments from Paco’s store are handed out (along with verbal instructions) to around half a dozen audience members, the rest of us are clapping along and you know what? It sounds amazing, it's fun, we felt part of the music.
El Cuarto de Tula – a Cuban ‘son’ made famous by the Buena Vista Social Club. Paco and Carlos on percussion, Paul on bass and Alan on piano are a strong team and make a brilliant job of this one (with more superb solos).... if there had been any floor space there would have been lots more dancing.
We’re then treated to an energetic version of Canteloupe Island (resisting the temptation to call out “funky funky” as in U3’s Cantaloop). Next comes Tristeza and we da-da along with the familiar tune. For the lively Con Que the audience sing phrases back at Carlos while the band holds it together brilliantly.
As the last number comes to an end and things wind up for the night, there is a palpable disappointment in the air....come back to Durham soon Havana Club 5!
Teresa D.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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