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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.



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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sage Gateshead Jazz Festival Preview - The Raymond Scott Experience

This is perhaps the most intriguing concert of the Festival.
Raymond Scott? I hear you ask. A good question, truth is I have knowingly heard very little of his music myself. What I recall are an almost chamber-like approach that may or not be called jazz. Whatever, it did/does have a quirky charm about it. Many of his sidemen thought he was mad and some of his oddball titles reinforce that impression e.g. A Dedicatory Piece to the Crew and Passengers of the First Experimental Rocket Express to the Moon. A title worthy of Charles Mingus if not Jerome Kern!
Earlier I said 'knowingly heard' however, unknowingly, I must have heard quite a bit as a lot of the early Looney Tunes cartoons had scores by Raymond Scott and later his music was used by The Simpsons.
In a nutshell - not your straightforward composer/leader/arranger.
The concert itself is by the Stu Brown Sextet and opens with pre-release footage of a documentary Deconstructing Dad by filmmaker Stan Warnow who is also Raymond Scott's son.
This promises to be a true voyage of discovery for swing fans and film buffs and is presented with the Northern Lights Film Festival.
Sunday March 28, 2:00 pm Hall Two. £13.50/£7.00.

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