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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.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Wilbur's Fate @ The Bridge Hotel. November 20th

Jordi Cooke (guitar), Matthew Forster (tenor saxophone & bass clarinet), John Pope (double bass) & David Francis (drums)
Splinter @ The Bridge invited Wilbur's Fate to the regular Sunday evening session to further develop a pad of original tunes. Guitarist/bandleader Jordi Cooke keeps on writing tunes as does his front line cohort Matthew Forster (tenor sax/bass clarinet). Cooke is a tune smith of hooks and riffs that are meat and drink to the bass and drums team of John Pope and David Francis. 
The first set included now familiar material in Animation of a Puppet and Praying Mantis with Cooke and Forster taking solos in turn. The set closer - When in Rome..- revealed Forster as a composer of tunes with a significant jazz element. A good first set. 
An interval pint of the excellent new house beer - Castle Brown - and a bit crack about jazz 'n' all that and it was time for the second set. John Pope laid down an excellent solo amidst a welter of tunes - Lost at Sea, Grinning Mouths and Absolute Destination. Drummer Francis had it all covered as Cooke stretched out as soloist (good to hear), as did Forster on tenor. Bass clarinet (with clip mic) at times can be a difficult instrument to hear in a group context such as this. Forster's facility on the instrument is not in question - finding the opportunity to play it to full effect is, perhaps, another matter. A good session and an attentive crowd. Check the listings into 2012 for more gigs by this young, developing quartet. 
Russell . 

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