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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.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Clare Tea-Towel @ Customs House South Shields

Clare Teal (vcl), Simon Little (bs), Grant Windsor (pno), and Chris Dagley (dms).
The tea-towel heading isn't a puerile attempt at humour - well it is but only a little bit. The deal in the interval was; buy 2 CDs and get a free Clare Teal tea towel complete with the lady's name tastefully displayed in a corner.
Original.
By and large it was a good gig despite the hall being less than full and the volume on the vocal mike should have been turned up ever so slightly. Nevertheless, the girl did good. "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "Cheek To Cheek" and "Night and Day" were swingers but the swingers' swinger was when Clare strutted her vocal stuff on Anita O'Day's "Tea For Two". Lip service maybe, but it brought the house down even without a picture-hat.
A trio of pindroppers - "I Loves You Porgy," "In The Still of the Night" and "Love Hurts" - held the audience's attention; the latter number confirming what I've always suspected - that there's a little cowgirl trying to escape from inside the jazzgirl. Indeed, even at her jazziest, Clare often throws in an inflection straight out of Nashville and there ain't nuttin' wrong wid dat, pardner.
On piano, Grant Windsor, an Australian no less, did the business as did drummer Chris Dagley - especially on latin numbers like "Eso Beso (ooh that kiss!)" and the Jobim samba. They were brilliant but personally, I'd have liked a horn or a guitar in the mix; not complaining though, it was a great show and, as always, I look forward to the next time.
Lance.

2 comments :

Sue Vickers-Thompson said...

Hi Lance - good blog! I help to manage Clare's website so if you ever need info, get in touch.

Sue

Lance said...

Thanks Sue. Forget to mention "The Coffee Song."
Brilliant.