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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.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

CD Review - Zara McFarlane: Until Tomorrow

Zara McFarlane (vcl); Peter Edwards (pno); Nick Walsh (bs); Andy Chapman (dms); Binker Goldings, Camilla George, Zern Adu (saxes).
This is an impressive debut album - most singers would choose to go down the Gasbook road to get established but Zara is more than just a mere singer she is a composer and lyricist to boot! And boot it she does too when the number demands it. However, more often than not, it's a soft, fur-lined slipper that she uses to cajole things along. The voice is softly subtle and caressing, entwining the words around you, making you feel that you are part of the song
Behind her the musicians riff with a sort of New Orleans post Katrina intensity - full of soul and, so the blurb tells me, eclectic nu-soul! Well Hallelujah Lord because I haven't got a clue what eclectic nu-soul is all about but if it's what Zara is laying down I'll buy it!
Until Tomorrow by Zara McFarlane is available from Oct 10, 2011, on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings label. Album launch at MOMO, London on Thursday (Oct. 6) Lance.

1 comment :

SUPA FINE UK said...

Just a reminder to get your ticket for Zara McFarlane performing at The Vortex Jazz Club on Wednesday 19th October 2011. £6 adv £8 door http://www.wegottickets.com/event/136391