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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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Sunday, September 05, 2010

Splinter @ The Bridge - Mark Williams Trio

Mark Williams (gtr), Andy Champion (bs), David Carnegie (dms).
This, the first gig of Splinter's Autumn/Winter season, drew a respectable sized crowd who responded enthusiastically to the music played. Mark was in top form and the normally taciturn guitarist even spoke yet still failed to plug the album from which most of the material was drawn. Maybe a commercial faux pas but quite a refreshing change!
He is a most remarkable player seemingly in total control of the fingerboard and capable of doing the business in whatever mode he chooses. Sensitive balladry, jazz grooves and rocklike thrashes all fall beneath his fingers with apparent ease.
Likewise David he soloed impressively and drove the trio on to the justified ovation.
Regular bassist Paul Susans couldn't make the gig but, with Champion the Wonder Bass to call on, the trio performed as if they'd been playing together for years - which of course they have in other formats.
The success of the Splinter @ The Bridge series has encouraged a further Splinter series at Darlington Arts Centre. It kicks off with a four band bash next Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, closer to home, tonight's doorkeeper Zoe Gilby launches her second CD at The Cluny on Tuesday night. Sounds like it will be another good session.

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