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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.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Book review: Johnny Lonely by Pete Tanton.

When I heard that trumpet player Pete Tanton was also a published author my first thought was that he can't be as good a writer as he is a trumpet player but - lo and behold - thanks to an unexpected Christmas present, I find he is just that - maybe more.
Johnny Lonely is a quite compelling tale of a teenage wannabee trying to find his place in the world of American entertainment.
As the title implies 'Johnny' real name Hughie is an introvert adolescent virgin who goes through a series of traumas and situations trying to find himself in a world that is alien to his music, his work ethic and confused approach to life. It is, at times, hilariously funny - like watching a drunk fall over, the blurb says - yet it is also sad and whilst we're laughing at him we're also feeling for him and sharing his various humiliations and perhaps feeling a little guilty about laughing.
In places it reminds me of J.D.Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye and there are also hints of Steinbeck but, overall, this is a helluva piece of original writing that was a worthy winner of The Tonto Press New Novelist Contest of 2007.
How do I know he was a worthy winner?
I was one of the 'Also-rans' who graciously concedes defeat!
Lance. Available from Amazon.
ISBN-10: 0955218365 ISBN-13: 978-0955218361

1 comment :

Russell said...

Hi Lance

I too read Pete Tanton's novel over the holiday period.It is a light,comic read,the plot preposterous yet just about plausible. A ''good read'' as they say.

Russell