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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.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mini-Big Band at the The Customs House, South Shields, Wednesday May 30

Is this the most unusual band line-up of the year?
Yes, this must surely be it, a very odd but fascinating band! A pianist who also sang, a flute, clarinet (ok so far); but also a baritone horn, a steel pan, and two women singers. This was part of a special concert to celebrate 50 years of Amnesty International.
 The band had a good lively sound and the main singer was a sweet strong-voiced young woman who wouldn’t have sounded out of place singing in 1930’s musicals. They treated us to their arrangement of Summertime, The Bugle Boy from Company B and a Glenn Miller Medley. This was only one item in a most entertaining concert. I even did my bit as a member of the Customs House Choir (Custom Voices). The rest of the music was provided by students from two locally run music degrees, The Community Music degree and the Jazz and Popular Music degree. We were treated to jazz guitar, (Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel tributes); A folky band called Secret Violins; and a student choir. The musicians deserved more than the half- full theatre that they got, although I hadn’t seen much publicity for the concert. We all rounded off proceedings by singing When the Saints Go marching In,en masse.
The Mini-Big band may simply be a temporary student band, but if you hear of them again, do go to see them. I don’t think you’ll regret it.
Ann Alex (in case you hadn't guessed!).

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