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Bebop Spoken There

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.)


Today Thursday December 12



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

Note earlier time for this week only!




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.



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

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Taking It to The Bridge One More time

Inconsistency is the only thing that is consistent at the Chilli Arms Wednesday night sessions. Sometimes the music is great, sometimes it's lousy; often during the same number. It's rarely indifferent. The one thing you can count on is variety. Tonight, wild man Ian Trewella was absent. He was said to be doing some gardening so, if you were overtaken by a speeding lawnmower on the A19, that was probably Ian. John Rowland depped on tenor and ensured a degree of sanity prevailed. Highlight of the first set was a nice arrangement of Victor Feldman's "Bloke's Blues." After the break there were more treats in the form of guitarist Daniel and his sister, Michelle (if either of you read this, please let me know your surnames.) Michelle, who was also celebrating her 18th birthday, sang delightfully on "Love Me Or Leave Me" and "Straighten Up And Fly Right," then moved up a gear with "Summertime" before, backed by most of the band, belting out Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke". One to watch out for. Alex Hall, who'd played the first set on guitar, moved over to keyboards for this one.
Another one worth watching and listening to is David Carnegie, first on keyboards for a rocking "Killer Joe" that also had Daniel going into overdrive, then on drums for "Pent-up House".
John Pope (bs), Eric Studd (dms) and Barry Ashcroft (kbds) completed the line-up.
Whoops! I almost forgot Dave Weisser--talk about Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark or should I say Hamlet without the Jacques Lousseur Trio? Remember "Air on a G String?". That was one advert that almost started me smoking cigars. Pierre Michelot's bass line was really evocative.
Back to Dave; he scatted, lyricised and blew his brand of East Coast (Cullercoats) jazz with his usual nod towards Art Farmer, Nat Adderley etc.

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