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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.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Super Sunday. Jazz Café Jam

Lindsay Hannon, Gaby, Fiona Littlewood, (vcl), Pete Giliigan (pno), Alan Law (pno) Stu Findon (bs), Matt Office (gtr).
Stepping into the Jazz Café is, in many ways, stepping back in time. The place exudes history and you are taken back to a magical time when - I believe - the world was a better place. Maybe it wasn't...
The Pink Lane venue doesn't book the Courtney Pines of this world although, if CP were in town the chances are he'd drop by for a blow after his gig. No, the Jazz Café is the way things were when we (me!) were young.
The audience is young and student based the only difference is they no longer wear Duffle Coats.
They talk and chat and that's okay. If somebody blows something good enough they'll shut up.
Lindsay caught them tonight with Body and Soul. You could have heard a knicker drop!
Alongside the blonde bombshell was a new face on the scene - Luke Phillips - who fluted his wayround the changes. It was a tough trip but he made it scoring (Clifford) Brownie Points. Earlier, Luke had blown some funky choruses on a Summertime sequence - keep a look out for Luke!
Lindsay was in superb voice today and her take on You've Changed drew on every nuance of this wonderful ballad - The sparkle in your eyes is gone tells it all.
Gaby strutted her Teutonic charm around God Bless the Child and Like Someone in Love and Fiona did nice things to Yardbird Suite and There is no Greater Love.
Pete Gilligan kept it all together moving from piano to drums when Alan Law put done his tenor case and took over on keys! Sax player Stu Findon was, of course, playing bass. On top of the music there are the insults from the Maitré D' (to me) - "That shirt must have been a Xmas present!"
When he doesn't insult you is the time to worry - means you're off the A list!
More excellence over at The Bridge where Alter Ego blew up a storm. However, still slightly feeling the effects of the past week's Ague I left at halftime - no reflection on the music which will be dealt with by Russell.
Lance.

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