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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, March 19, 2012

Busnoys @ The Bridge Hotel. Sunday 18 March

Martin Pyne (vibes & electronics), Jeff Spencer (bass) & Trevor Davies (drums)

Jazz North East’s latest promotion at the Bridge Hotel featured a chamber jazz concert by Busnoys. The trio, lead by vibes player Martin Pyne, crafted two sets of considered pastoral sketches. Waltzing on the Devil’s Ground and Song for Grace Melbury (a tune inspired by Thomas Hardy’s Wessex) set the tone. Mild-mannered Pyne utilised a vast collection of mallets - two mallets, then four - to create a water-colour wash of sound, drummer Trevor Davies etched chiaroscuro to the compositions and five string bassist Jeff Spencer was the epitome of taste. Pyne announced ‘an ordinary little jazz tune’- it was anything but ordinary; a blues - Over and Over - swung like crazy, drum ‘n’ bass patterns intervened and featured solos from Pyne and Spencer with a round of fours to showcase the talents of Davies. A Don Cherry-inspired piece - Oom?...Pah!-– invited a receptive audience to imagine the trumpeter playing Stravinsky! Military-medium drum rolls then, slight of hand, jazz punk humour and late-period Miles bass lines. The trio’s new CD By Tapering Torchlight was snapped-up at the door and the title track opened the second set. For Ed paid homage to Pyne’s favourite musician - Ed Blackwell – and the percussive feel couldn’t have been more apposite. Stillness at Appomatox, an elegy to the American civil war, distilled the essence of Busnoys; sensitive, quiet, still.

Russell

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