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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.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Grand Night for Stinging

The long awaited Sting @ Durham Cathedral was interesting and at times quite fascinating. It is debatable if there was any jazz content apart from the cameo, non-playing appearance by his former associates from 30 plus years ago (see photo on previous post) but that didn't detract from the music which was distinctly folk-based and Northern folk at that.
For me the outstanding moments were the fiddling duels between Kathryn Tickell and her fellow fiddler whose name I didn't catch - surprise! surprise! none of the musicians were named in the credits, perhaps THAT was the jazz influence.
Sting came across as a warmer person than he sometimes does which I am sure stemmed from his return to once familiar settings but I felt his voice deserved better than a lot of the material to hand.
Still, to his credit, it's the first hour-long TV program I've stuck with until the end for many a long day. That was something the Quentin Crisp program the night previous failed to achieve!
Lance.

5 comments :

John T said...

I missed the first half of the prog last night. Some of your bloggers might like to see it on:-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pl1cf/Stings_Winter_Songbook/
My analogy is that Sting is a bit like Superman
Not a bird, not a plane - its Superman
Not Jazz, not Folk - its Sting

Liz said...

hmm.. it didn't do much for me Lance, but then it wasn't my kinda music. I also think his voice wasn't adaptable to that sort of material. I thought his visits to his roots also his meeting with his past buddies just lent fodder to the programme. Having said all that I have always liked Sting, but somehow this didn't float my boat! I agree about the Quentin Crisp prog, I switched it off halfway through!
Liz

Lance said...

Well Liz I can see where you are coming from however, for those of us who were on the scene at the time, the visits to the roots were more than mere 'fodder'. How well I remember that room in the Gosforth Hotel (not to be confused with the Gosforth Park Hotel - chalk and cheese springs to mind) and the memories it brought back.
As regards the music in the cathedral, not entirely my tastes either but once it got into its stride I found it compelling and as stated in my review, not least because of Kathryn Tickell.
It was an ambitious undertaking but, personally, I think it worked.

Liz said...

When I said fodder Lance it was merely an observation. It was in no way meant to lessen the impact of those early heady days. As a matter of fact those were the bits I enjoyed most, but to me they seemed almost like "fill ins" for the Cathedral stuff, when in actual fact they were a story, and a worthwhile story at that, in themselves
Liz

Lance said...

Couldn't agree more - it would be a worthwhile project and I seem to recall just such an idea being mooted some years ago but I don't think it ever quite took off. Maybe sometime...