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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 17, 2009

Ruth Lambert & Friends - an Intimate Soirée at the Side Café

Ruth Lambert (vcl), Graeme Wilson (ten/sop), Paul Edis (pno), Neil Harland (bs), Tim Johnstone (dms). "It Could Happen to You" and it would have done if you had been one of the fortunate few to hear Ruth interpret Jimmy Van Heusen's classic song at the Side Café tonight.
A near faultless performance from her ever expanding repertoire that continued through "Angel Eyes", "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan" (by Washington, Young and Crosby), "Falling in Love With Love", "How High The Moon", "I Should Care", "Almost Like Being in Love", "Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You", Kern's "I'm Old Fashioned" and his masterpiece, "The Way You Look Tonight", to finish. There were, of course others but these were the ones that hit me the hardest.
Ruth was in splendid voice whilst "her friends" did the business both solowise and in support. Paul, Neil, Graeme & Tim effortlessly cross the stylistic boundaries of the various settings in which they appear.
Why the room wasn't crowded, I don't know. Perhaps a new venue might revive things.
Lance.

2 comments :

Roly said...

Very enjoyable. Shame the Side attendances have fallen away a bit lately - it's a smashing little venue and deserves full support.
Something rather special has been happening there since it started up. Come on jazz fans - time to get away from that reclining armchair!
Ghost of a chance - our man Victor Young again.
Roly

russell said...

Hi Lance

Another great performance from Ruth and the boys. I can't wait for the new CD to come out !

Russell