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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, February 21, 2012

CD Review. Curtis Stigers - Let's go Out Tonight.

Curtis Stigers has been, and still is, many things. There was the rock and roll icon, the jazz singer/saxophone player and latterly the crooner on The Proms cosying up to his "legit" contemporaries. With Stigers what you see isn't always what you get!
This latest CD, for me, shows off his voice at its best. The slow, husky croak of a man who isn't tired of life but maybe just a little bit blasé. He's not Tom Waits but he isn't Frank either. Comparisons could be drawn with Sinatra's Only The Lonely  - the same feeling of sadness prevails.
However, Stigers is of a different generation and his choice of songs include ones from the pens of such post gasbook poets as Bob Dylan (Things Have Changed), Eddie Floyd (Oh How It Rained), Jeff Tweedy (You Are Not Alone), Neil Finn (Into Temptation), Stevie Earle (Goodbye), David Poe (Every One Loves Lovers) and Blue Nile's Let's Go Out Tonight. It's very listenable and ideal Wee Small Hours material - particularly if you've had a fall-out with your woman and failed to find solace in the arms of the recently divorced housewife next door but one - a hypothetical situation I hasten to add!
Curtis doesn't play much, if any, sax but there are some nice Miles/Chet trumpet obligatos and even a touch of Bubber Miley from an unnamed player (on my copy).
In many ways Curtis reminds me of  Madeleine Peyroux  inasmuch as, by mid album, a variation of tempo would have been a nice change from the superb but sometimes monotonous rhythm..
Nevertheless, it is well done and the tracks on the CD are very listenable although not necessarily in one go. I'm sure many of these same numbers will be appreciated by the crowd when he reprises them at the Sage Gateshead International Jazz Festival on March 25 which just happens to be the day before the album's.official release on March 26 although it can be pre-ordered on Amazon £8.99 post free.
Lance.

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