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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.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Miriam Makeba R.I.P

I can't pretend to have been a big fan of Miriam Makeba's for the simple reason I never heard her live and, until today, knew very little of her recorded work. I was aware of her political stance against Apartheid and the problems it brought but musically, for whatever reason, her discs never found their way into my collection.
I rather think that may change.
Listening to "The Click Song" and "Pata Pata" on YouTube I was struck by the infectiousness of the African beat and the happiness she seemed to create in her listeners.
"Mama Africa," she was well named, died 9 Nov. in Italy aged 76.

1 comment :

Russell said...

News of the death of Miriam Makeba at the age of 76 whilst in Italy to perform a benefit gig. A 'jazz' singer? Well,kind of. Well connected if nothing else. She was at the Sage in the last year or so. I remember her playing the Newcastle Jazz Festival. Did she headline? I can't remember. I think Lucky Ranku was on guitar.