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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, August 23, 2012

CD Review: Nina Simone Collector Edition.

(Review by Lance.)
Now  this  is  what  I call a classic! 19 tracks by one of the most versatile (insert your own genre)  performers  both as a singer and a pianist as well as a civil rights activist. My Baby Just Cares For Me - what pianist hasn't tried   to   emulate  Simone's  intro  and  solo?  Big  band  backing  for  a Stomping  at  the  Savoy  that draws comparison with Ella's version and loses  nothing  by  it. You've Been Gone Too Long has some scintillating, unidentified  but  vaguely familiar, trumpet work. The voice digs deep into pain  and  sorrow  on  Gin  House  Blues,  Wild  is  the  Wind, I'll Look Around, and Blue Prelude.

The jaunty I Love To Love, the wistful Where Can I Go Without You? Just Say I Love Him has more angst as well as a delightful piano introduction and some plaintive guitar lines intertwining with the vocal.
Forbidden Fruit a rockin' take on the scenario in the Garden of Eden that is an absolute hoot! Exactly Like You - laid back vocal and piano solo from one of several live performances.
The Other Woman is one of the most evocative songs ever written. Written, not surprisingly, by a woman, Jesse Mae Robinson, Simone injects the feeling the lyricist intended and maybe one or both were singing/writing from experience... Billie's Fine and Mellow is followed by Summertime as an instrumental and then again as a vocal that really does suggest that the living is easy and a piano accompaniment that builds up to a tremendous climax before easing off to let the voice draw it to a gentle close.
When Nina Simone left us in 2003 we said goodbye to one of the great voices.
Nina Simone Collector is released by Warner International on Sept. 10, 2012. - Samples.
Lance.

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