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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.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Kate Peters Septet @ The Bridge

Kate Peters (vcl); Matt Anderson (ten); Ian Chalk (tpt); Zezo Olimpio (keys); John Marley (bs); Aubin Vanns (gtr); Sam Gardner (dms).
(Review by Lance - photo courtesy of Adrian Tilbrook).
The Leeds Gang are back in town in the form of the Kate Peters' Sextet. They came, they played, Kate sang -  they conquered!
Ignoring for a moment the leaders tremendous vocals the band themselves are amazing. Mourning the loss of Abram Wilson, as many of us were, it somehow brought him alive listening to Ian Chalk's solos. Chalk has a drive and melodic intensity that reminded me of Abram.
Matt Anderson is a deceptive player. His solos begin low key and you wonder what the fuss is all about.. However, Matt isn't an up 'n' adam player. He explores the possibilities, has a few trial, exploratory phrases before deciding on the direction he's going to take and then - wham - he's got it and the fingers are in full flight, the ideas are flowing and you know he's nailed this one. 
Likewise guitarist Vanns - he turns the chord book inside out as he thrashes his way forward shredding chords all over the A19!
Marley and Gardner - what can I say? A rhythm section's rhythm section!
And as a bonus, we had Zezo Olimpio on keyboard which did no harm at all - his solo on Love For Sale was something special.
Oh yes and then there's Kate - Kiss Me Kate you were sensational!
The wordless bass/voice intro to Moanin' was an indication that this was going to be a night to remember and it was! It just kicked the whole thing into orbit as Kate soared  Birdlike  over 52nd St before, somehow, landing back on Castle Garth.
Most enjoyable.
Photos.
Lance.

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