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Bebop Spoken There

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.)


Today Thursday December 12



Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!




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.



To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Meanwhile, on the Concourse...

Of course all the action wasn't confined to the concert halls. Some of the best things occurred on the Concourse where one could eat, drink or just listen to some of our better local performers.
Pictured left are the combatants (!) in the vocal invention performance. This was bizarre to say the least but entertaining and good fun for the performers and audience alike.

I'd nipped over to the Hilton to catch the set by Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion but coincided with their interval which was a very nice interval - minor seventh -then returned to the Concourse where our other great diva Ruth Lambert along with Paul Gamblin (gtr) and Paul Susans (bs) were strutting their stuff.
Time After Time, Easy Street, Beautiful Love, My Heart Stood Still just some of the gems.

The Sage's own youth band Jambone rounded off the afternoon fronted by mentors Ryan Quigley and Paul Towndrow.
This was a tremendous set that set the pattern for the evening concert by the SNJO to follow. Needless to say the two mentors were in top form but so also was our boy Harley Johnson on piano and Loretta from Egglescliffe School on tenor plus some others whose names I missed.
Great band - awful shirts!
(With apologies to those bands/performers I've missed out.)

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