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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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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tough Task For TASQ at East Rainton.

Russell Henderson (ten/alt), Adam Hastings (gtr), Sam Vickery (bs), Dan Hayman (dms).
TASQ are an imaginative jazz/funk unit that can really get the adrenalin going - those professors down at Leeds, like their counterparts in Newcastle, have certainly got the curriculum finely tuned and all four are worthy of a Summa Cum Laude badge as Eddie Condon, or was it Bud Freeman? might have said.
Russell Henderson, as ever, impressed me on both alto and tenor. Adam also had his moments tonight although, by his standards, he seemed slightly subdued - perhaps it was the venue.
Don't get me wrong - The Highfield is an excellent venue but it isn't an out and out jazz joint. In other words, without a majority of card carrying jazzers in the audience, a more varied approach may be worth considering.
That said, for this card-carrier, TASQ's original compositions were indeed original - not least the one inspired by the "Super Mario" game; it almost got me into Nintendo!
"Bouncing With Bud" and Kenny Burrell's "Chitlin Con Carne" were, I think, the only non-original pieces - both got a good groove.
Lance.

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