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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, December 24, 2009

Another Harley hits town - this time it's Ray with the Maine Street Jazzmen at Rosie Malone's

Ray Harley (tpt), Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl), Jim McBriarty (clt), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Tommy Graham (dms), Olive Rudd (vcl).
Good belting Dixieland and ne'er a reindeer or a sleigh bell in sight. With the addition of Ray Harley on trumpet the Maine Streeters went for the jugular. This is how older style jazz should sound. A driving rhythm section and a front-line who kick.
Honestly, my feet never stopped tapping as Ray led them to the promised land.
Reminiscent of say Yank Lawson or Billy Butterfield, Harley swung through "Tin Roof Blues", "Jazz Me Blues", Royal Garden Blues" and other standards. Must be the name - Ray Harley, Harley Johnson, Harley Davidson, Harley Street all quality acts.
Herbie, Jim, Malcolm, Alan and Tommy were obviously inspired by the trumpet player as they all blew out of their respective skulls. Once again Malcolm's two-fisted approach filled out the sound as well as delivering some strong punchy solos.
Olive too was 'on song' - "I double dare you" to say otherwise!
The place was crowded, the place was jumping, the place was full of dames dancing, Lords a Leaping - it was Xmas - it was a fun afternoon. Only thing missing was the applecake.
They do it all over again on New Years Eve.
Lance.

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