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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.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Ray Dales' Quartet @ Hoochie Coochie. Thursday May 17.

Ray Dales (alt); Jeremy McMurray (pno); Peter Ayton (bs); Richard Brown (dms).
If  these Teessiders were footballers Middlesbrough would be in the Premier League!
Ray Dales is a sharp-shooting, sure-footed, alto-saxist who soars Birdlike through the changes. Nice round sound with lots of technique that allows the ideas to flow.
On keys, Jeremy McMurray also displays a deft, almost classical, touch using all of the 88 (or in this case 72) notes available. The piano is pounded into submission and the instrument doesn't object at all - just gives an orgiastic moan of musical pleasure.
Peter Ayton fertilizes the growth with bass guitar lines that complement and inspire whilst on drums Richard continues to demonstrate the art of making any rhythm swing.
And there were many rhythms tonight - Calypso, Mambo, Samba, Bossa to name but some.
That this was one of the lesser populated Hoochie gigs was no reflection on the band - those stay away jazz people don't know what they missed (are missing) on a rainy Thursday night in Newcastle.
Next week it's The (New) Narrators.
Lance.

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