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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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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Paul Gamblin - the last farewell.

There are inevitably two elements to a funeral. Two contrasting ones. The first, the sadness that pervades when you realise that a person, a friend or, in my case, a musician whose playing I greatly admired, is no more.
That is the mood you are in upon arrival.
Then, you look around and you see all these people - young and old - here to pay their respects, and you start to feel better.
Today was the day that I wished I'd known Paul better. Wished I'd known him as I'd known his father - both were great guitarists. However, after I'd left the chapel I felt I had known him and did know him and the heartfelt eulogies expressed by family and friends only served to emphasise that feeling.
Leaving to the music of Barney Kessel was just perfect.
I was unable to attend the musical celebration afterwards at the Rugby Club but, knowing that Roly Veitch, Neil Harland, Jeremy McMurray, Tim Johnston, Ruth Lambert, Stu Collingwood, Graham Hardy, Dave Cliff, Mike Waller - to mention but a few - were around, Paul, I feel, would be smiling contentedly.

1 comment :

Roly said...

All credit to Ruth who organised the music, ensured all the gear was there and set up and selflessly looked after everyone. That included her playing some very sympathetic guitar behind Paul's oldest daughter who sang beautifully a very touching version of Autumn Leaves.