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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, December 10, 2011

Clark Terry undergoes surgery.

That great trumpet player Clark Terry, at the age of 91 (on Dec. 14) has successfully coped with a leg amputation. We wish him the very best and refer you to this message from Gwen Terry on the Clark Terry website.
One of my favourite memories is of listening to the Clark Terry Big Band at the San Sebastian Jazz Festival in 1972.
It was an open air concert in the city square. Although raining heavily the crowd stayed (The band was under cover) and must have surely, like Charlie Carmichael, myself and legendary French jazz critic Hughes Panassie considered this as a contender for the 'Gig of a Lifetime'! M.Panassie wasn't actually with Charlie and I but sitting at a nearby table under a huge umbrella with a glass of wine - we were on Bacardi.
It was quite a band and included Jimmy Heath on tenor, Richard Williams alongside Clark on trumpet, Horace Parlan on piano - who I got to talk to at a pre concert reception the previous afternoon - and Grady Tate on drums. This was an amazing band.
Apart from this there were the memories of hearing Clark with Ellington at Newcastle Odeon and later at the North Sea Festival in Den Haag. 
Best wishes Clark we love you.
Lance.

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