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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, February 05, 2011

Poetry's Second Life. Northern Stage

Okay so I screwed up big time! I visualised Tim Garland and Pete Churchill weaving their magic behind some original poets from Newcastle Uni!
I was wrong but this didn't stop the event being an artistic and creative success.
To give a true report on the happenings our folky/poetry guru Ann Alex should have been here with her notebook but...
The evening began in the Hotspur Bar where Newcastle fans were rejoicing at their great escape - 0-4 at half-time 4-4 full-time - against Arsenal (down to ten men.)
Russell and I downed a noggin then moseyed along to the cloistered halls of the uni.
Pete Churchill explained that Tim and he had tutored the students during the week and that their chosen poems would be read, enacted, to music played by the performers on - at various times - tenor sax, guitar, vibes, keys, violin, flute, percussion.
Among the poets whose works were read were, Allen Ginsberg, the Welsh poet R.S.Thomas and Carol Ann Duffy.
None of the performers names were announced but all were good and several superb.
Maybe it wasn't what I expected but it was brilliantly done.
Lance.

1 comment :

Ann Alexander said...

Lance and Russell, Sorry I missed this as it sounded like a good session, just up my street. Perhaps there will be more such dos.