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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

SCHMAZZ @ the Cluny

I've waited a lifetime to hear a Turkish jazz musician then two come along at once - in a band led by a Swiss no less! The Swiss was Nicolas Meier who, wisely, didn't yodel but instead laid down some awesome guitar playing touching on many different styles and using, in the main, a nylon strung semi acoustic; truly incredible. The Turkish Delights came from Gilad Atzmon on alto and Asaf Sirkis, drums.
Atzmon is a wonderfully accomplished alto player who manages to incorporate elaborated Charlie Parker based phrases into a form of Turkish modality that could have come straight from the Casbah (or its Turkish equivalent!). This strange melange produced some exciting, and at times humourous, solos that had the room stomping its approval. Fellow Turk Sirkis kept the Ay Yildiz flying in the engine room whilst the lone Englishman, Tom Morris on bass who must have felt like an asylum seeker, kept it all together.
A frantic couple of sets. I guess I'll be rooting for Turkey in the European football championships from now on.
Mention of football brings me nicely into the support band TASQ aka The Alan Shearer Quartet until they are done on the trade descriptions act.
I'd heard them earlier in the year at the Side so I knew what to expect and I wasn't disappointed. Adam Hastings (gtr), Russ Henderson (alt), Sam Vicary (bs) and Dan Hayman (dms) are all excellent musicians and more than justified being on the same bill as the Meier Group. In a few years time the positions could be reversed!
One thought about TASQ; do they get many gigs in Sunderland?

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