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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.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Ashington Jazz Club Wed. Sept 1.

The Club came alive with the sound of music on Wednesday with our genre of good Jazz presented to us by Herbie Hudson’s Maine Street Jazzmen plus the ever effervescent Olive.
On hearing the first bar of music we realized it was to be a great evening and throughout, the audience of 50 responded enthusiastically to each melody and individual solo performance.
The rhythm section of Alan Rudd, ably assisted by Scotty Adair and supported on keyboard by Malcolm Armstrong, was brilliant and the interplay between all three musicians demonstrated the excellent understanding they had with each other and the good time they were having.
The front line of Jim McBriarty , Ray Harley and Herbie blended together in absolute harmony creating sympathetic and exciting improvisations richly deserving the adoration which followed each performance.The inimitable Olive sang energetically with humour in her pleasing style and personality when introducing new numbers to us with How'd ya like to love me and How could you leave me now, to name a few. A poignant moment came during the bands rendition of Buddy Bolden’s Blues when Herbie made reference to Jackie Denton (RIP) during the lyrics. We remember Jackie as a good friend of this Club in our early years with the River City Jazzmen. The members applauded this tribute.
Other tunes in a varied repertoire were as follows :-Nobody’s Sweetheart, Buddy’s Habits, Blue Skies, Moose March, Louisiana , You Can Depend On Me, Is it True What They Say About Dixie, Darktown Strutters Ball, Just a Little While, That’s a Plenty, Jackass Blues, South Rampart Street Parade, a Japanese number which I can’t spell (Nagasaki?) and Bourbon Street Parade.
A final comment from a member at the end of the night was “It doesn’t get much better than this” and we would all agree to that. It is so obvious that this popular and active group work so well together and enjoy each others company. Their energy and enthusiasm relates directly to an appreciative audience. Long may it continue.
Peter S.

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