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Bebop Spoken There

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.)


Today Thursday December 12



Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!




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.



To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

"Der Bingle" at Trinity - Saturday Jan 14.

Happy New Year to everybody, and how better to start the new jazz year at Trinity than with Spats Langham and the crew in a concert dedicated to "The Jazzy Side of Bing"? 
Though mainly a sentimental crooner in his later years, the younger Bing was very much a part of the Jazz Age, and in the 1920s and 30s always liked to surround himself with the top jazz musicians of the day. Spats Langham is one of the best when it comes to recreating this music (and of course a virtuoso guitarist and banjoist too) and on this occasion will be accompanied by the legendary Midlands reed-player Norman Field on clarinet and saxes, assisted by Mike Durham on trumpet, Brian Chester on piano, and John Carstairs Hallam on bass. 
As well as Bing, we can expect a glimpse or two of Spats' other favourite crooners, such as Al Bowlly and Russ Colombo. The music starts at 8.00pm, and we hope very much to see you there - advance bookings on (0191) 285 6130.

 Best wishes,


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