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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.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

CD Review - Ronnie Ross Quintet.

Ronnie Ross (bar); Bert Courtley (tpt/mello); Eddie Harvey (pno/tmb); Pete Blannin (bs); Andy White (dms).
Another delightful re-issue from the Ember jazz originals vault and a timely reminder of how, back then, we sold our UK musicians short. We'd go to a gig by the band - love it - but the next day we'd spend our cash on an American LP.
How wrong we were! This disc holds its head high against most of what was happening state-side on the west coast.
Ronnie Ross was the melodic link between Harry Klein and John Surman in the British baritone hierarchy and the nearest thing we had to Gerry Mulligan.
Bert Courtley, a fine trumpet player, had the feel of Chet Baker and the drive of Kenny Dorham. Together they made for a swinging front line making them one of the best bands on the local scene at that time (early '60s.) Rhythm section proves that those detractors of British rhythm sections were wrong - they say the same thing about Scottish goalkeepers...
Highly recommended and not just for nostalgic reasons - I'm playing it regularly to make up for the years when I foolishly didn't buy the original vinyl!
Released Dec. 5.
Lance.

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