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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, January 07, 2010

Jazz Esquires at The Porthole 6/1/2010.

Laurie Brown vibes, Miles Watson trumpet/vcl. Bob Stephenson drums, Stan Nicholson bass guitar, Robin Douthwaite guitar and Roy Gibson keyboard.
IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, like the Windmill of old, The Porthole never closes. At 1pm the band outnumbered the audience but they gradually arrived by taxi, ferry and on foot to make it not far short of the normal crowd.
Kicking off with "I'm Beginning To See The Light" the band got through a nice mainstream menu ending up with "Lester Leaps In" (minus Lester also minus Dave the Rave who was snowbound. It must have been Pelting down at Pelton).
The high spot for the trumpet section was "Swinging Scorpio", a lovely Buck Clayton number.
As usual the rhythm section was rock solid and swinging like the clappers, the trumpet had a few James & Baker moments, unfortunately it was Jimmy James & Hylda Baker not Harry & Kenny. Roy kept on the keyboard at half time, Brian Lineham did some good numbers on harmonica and Mine Host Mike Read gave out with a couple of Bobby Darin numbers. Derek Chapman the interval drummer was marooned in Consett and Teresa couldn't make it but it's nice for them to see their name in print.
Next week the renowned Mick Hill on trumpet.
Miles (not Davis).

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