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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.)

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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.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Four Piece Sweet & Swing City Trio - Saville Exchange, North Shields

Four Piece Sweet: Caroline Irwin (vcl), Keith Stephens (lead), Roly Veitch (rhythm), Bruce Rollo (bs).
Swing City Trio: Steve Andrews (ten/clt), Roly Veitch (gtr), Roy Cansdale (bs).
If you think that "Santa Baby" in March is out of season - then you haven't heard it sung by the late Eartha Kitt or, indeed, Caroline Irwin; the 'sweet' in Four Piece Sweet.
Wearing an eye-catching Santa outfit Ms Irwin dropped in from Lapland, mingled amongst the mortals and turned a seasonal classic into a hardy perennial!
There were other gifts to be opened - "Autumn Leaves" in French, "Darktown Strutters Ball" in English, Betty Hutton's "Murder, He Says" in Brooklynese and "Crazy He Calls Me" in the universal language of love. "Fly Me To The Moon", Patsy Cline's "Walking After Midnight", "Cow Cow Boogie" and "Running Wild" give an idea of the wide range covered by "Sweet Caroline" (which she didn't sing thank goodness)
Despite the variety of tunes the spirit of Django was never far away - how could it be with guitar heroes Keith Stephens and Roly Veitch on stage? Keith played some terrific stuff with lots of those difficult runs that are the hallmark of Hot Club music. Needless to say he does some tricky stuff of his own too. Bruce Rollo has successfully incorporated his slap bass style into convential jazz bass whilst Roly gave it the rhythmic thrash that defines Djangology.
Roly remained on stage for the Swing City Trio set - the other two being Steve Andrews (ten/clt) and Roy Cansdale (bs).
The Gasbook was given a good workout by the trio with Roly in good voice - "I Saw Stars" is always a favourite of this band and tonight was no exception.
Steve Andrews blew some excellent Ben Websterian tenor on "Skylark" and also on that fine old standard that few people play anymore - "This Years Kisses". 'Kisses' had another vocal from Rolls as well as an appealing guitar solo that pressed all the right buttons. I could go on all night enthusing but I think you've got the picture by now. "Dear Bix" and "100 Years From Today" ultimately led to Caroline and Keith returning to augment the band for the final "Exactly Like You".
Nothing else for me to say and so I'll close but, by the way, Roy Cansdale's bass was great, ps: I love some of Steve's quips.
Lance

1 comment :

Liz said...

Lance I thought I'd drop a line, the weather's cool, the folks are fine etc etc. That sounded like a great gig, wish there was more of that down here in York. Never mind I get it vicariously through Bebop Spoken Here.