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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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Take It To The Bridge

It has to be said that there is never a dull moment in the upper room of the Chilli on a Wednesday night when Take It To The Bridge give their weekly recital. Whether it be the inter-round summaries between band members as they discuss the finer points of an arrangement, or the JATP type blast by the jammers on good old good ones such as "The Preacher" it is always interesting. In the latter category, Daniel Johnson was once again heard to advantage with some well constructed solos spurred on by either Ian Forbes who, incidentally raved over a version in seven by the Don Ellis Orchestra, or Eric Stutt on drums. Tenor players John Rowland and Darren Grainger also had gutsy solos with John being particularly impressive on Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays". I don't think the composer turned in his grave although he may have thought about it.
Three trumpet players this week; Dave, blowing and scatting in equal proportions, Mike Lamb and a guy whose name I didn't catch although I can safely say it wasn't "Shorty". He scored on "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."
Barry Ashcroft, piano, and Jim Crinson, bass, completed the lineup. Jim, like Eric, also plays with popular function band Budvivar as does vocalist Debra Milne who was on hand to give us her version of "Fever". Nice one Debra.
Next week is, I think, an Alan Glen Trio week.

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