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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, January 02, 2012

Jazz in the Afternoon @ The Crescent Club, Cullercoats.

Iain MacAulay (tmb/vcl); Derek Fleck (ten/clt); Brian Chester (pno); J.C. Hallam (bs); Ollie Rillands (dms) + John Broddle/Teresa Armstrong (vcl); Barry Soulsby (clt); Mike Durham (tpt); Roy Gibson (pno).
As always, a fun packed, well attended Monday afternoon at the Crescent Club - the jewel in the crown of Cullercoats' afternoon activities.
Perdido had a good mainstreamy sound and St Louis Blues went down well - particularly as I got the impression that one or two of the ladies present were themselves wearing "store bought hair!" Talking hair, Derek Fleck was wearing a cap owing to the fact that Alice, Mrs Fleck, who was perhaps a sheep-shearer in a previous existence,.had applied the clippers a little too close to the bone. "He ended up with a haircut like yours", she said! 
Tomorrow I'll be wearing a cap!
Royal Garden Blues brought back memories of Eddie Condon or the Crosby Bobcats.
When Iain announced Squeeze Me I was delighted only to find it was not Squeeze Me but Just Squeeze Me a different tune entirely. Both good numbers but, for me, Squeeze Me just has the edge on Just Squeeze Me!
John Broddle sang There'll Be Some Changes Made and Teresa evoked the spirit of Lee Wiley with These Foolish Things - Mike Durham blew some nice muted horn on this one.
Barry Soulsby and Derek Fleck locked licker sticks on High Society. Barry's cool precise rendition contrasting with Derek's earthy New Orleans sound - a score draw.
Lots of regulars in including Margaret of JNE, Sting's Auntie Mary, singer Kenny Gay, and Portholers Miles and Robin.
Enjoyable.
Lance.

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