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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, March 03, 2009

Bheki Mseleku

When Russell, that jovial bringer of bad tidings, told me of the death of Bheki Mseleku back in September I had to admit I'd never heard of him although I did vow to find out more about him.
Like most resolutions this one fell by the wayside and I forgot all about Bheki - until today.
Today I went into my local charity shop and hit lucky.
The shop was full of gems - Lou Donaldson, "The Scorpion"; Coltrane, "Blue Trane"; some late 30's Ellington: Andy Hamilton, "Jamaica By Night"; Miles, "Kind Of Blue" and "The Beauty of Sunrise" by Bheki Mseleku. All at £1.99 so, with the exception of Miles which I already had, I purchased the lot and I have to say Bheki Mseleku lost nothing by comparision.
With Ravi Coltrane, Elvin Jones, James Spaulding and others amongst the personel it held me from bar one of track one, "Violet Flame", to the end of the final track which is also the title track and is very worthy of the name - "The Beauty of Sunrise".
This was a discovery well worth waiting for.
Listen to "Adored Value".
Lance

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