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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, March 02, 2009

Roly Veitch Trio - Side Café

Roly Veitch (gtr/vcl), Noel Dennis (tpt/flug), Neil Harland (bs).
A small but attentive audience were appreciative of this miniature gem by Roly and his coherts. As always, known and not so well known standards were interspersed with original compositions tastefully served.
The highlights included Frishberg's "Dear Bix" sung with feeling by Roly and featuring some appropriate horn from Noel. "Line For Lyons", a tune made famous by the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, also came over well with good solos all round as well as some fuguelike interplay between guitar and flugel.
However, if I had to pick one tune to stand alone it would have to be "You're A Lucky Guy". This is my favourite tune of all time - or at least it is for today. I've got it on record by Becky Kilgore, Clifford Brown, Louis and Ruby Braff/ George Barnes but this is the first time I've ever heard it sung live for which I say "Thank you Roly - you, and the boys, did it justice."
Lance

6 comments :

russell said...

Hi Lance

A nice relaxed evening at the Side.
The second set struck me as being particularly good. '' Grey Skies, Still Waters '' , a Veitch original, was particularly evocative.I wonder, was it intended to evoke the skies and waters of Blaydon ? '' Stella by Starlight '' a favourite of mine and I guess, of trumpeter Noel Dennis, was a highlight.I hadn't heard '' Lotus Blossom '' for a while - a nice version.

It occurred to me, as the rain fell outside, as if in a Edward Hopper interior (!) that had Chet Baker,Ruby Braff,Gerry Mulligan or Jimmy Knepper wandered up the stairs they would have been asking to sit-in.

Russell

Lance said...

They'd have had to pay the cover first. Remember, I once attempted to charge Stan Tracey to go into his own gig!

Anonymous said...

Can't resist retelling the tale I used to recant in the early days of Blaydon J.C. (to appropriate jeers). Stella with it's two power stations was west, up river.
Well - Victor Young happened to be staying B&B in Blaydon and was so touched by the moonlit vista across the Tyne one evening he was inspired to write a song about it -Stella by Starlight.
Sorry
Anonymousish.

Lance said...

I think the lyric for Young Victor's Stella was by some guy called Ned from Washington.
My favourite is old Geordie Gershwin's "Wor Luv's Not Gannin' Neewhere."
Talking about composers - "There is No Greater Love" - Isham Jones.

Liz said...

Thanks,Lance, for letting me hear the Rebecca Kilgore version. It's a catchy tune & very clever lyrics. I do like her voice & cannot think why I have never heard that song before.

Roly said...

Russell Davies did a brilliant profile of Ned Washington a few years back - on his Sunday Radio 2 series. I've never forgotten it. Great songs and some hilarious moments too. Disney stuff, C&W songs and incl 'Singin' in the Bathtub'
'When You Wish Upon a Star' - what a gem that is. But then - Rawhide!
Amazing guy.
Roly