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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.

Friday, August 31, 2012

CD Review: Swing from Paris - Quasimodo.


Andy Bowen, Andy Wood (gtrs); Fenner Curtis (vln); Steve Laming (bs); Jo Silver (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
The burning question is why? Why are there so many Hot Club style bands dotted, not just around the UK but in fact, around the world? At a guess, there's probably more Gypsy Swing groups than there are Glenn Miller ones. Well, they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so it says much for the originals that just about every city in this country - let alone France and Belgium - has one or more such group. Which of course is great as the originators are long gone but of course the recorded legacy remains.

Quasimodo by Swing from Paris attempts to escape the stylistic straitjacket by including tunes by Charlie Parker (the title track), Night in Tunisia, Hot House, Concerto de Aranjuez and Spain. I Found a New Baby also has a bop theme by Wood to take it out. Guitar and violin solo well although at times I felt the intonation was slightly suspect - but close enough for jazz as the saying goes!. Jo Silver takes the Beryl Davis role on Undecided. and also sings Bei Mir Bist du Schoen.
By and large they succeed and this disc will provide a worthy memento for anyone who's enjoyed one of their live performance (Quasimodo are available for Weddings, Corporate events, Private engagements, Festivals, clubs and pubs.) 
Swing from Paris: Quasimodo is launched on Sept. 7 at: .

The launch party for our brand new album, ‘Quasimodo’! We’ll be performing the album live, and every CD purchased comes with a free pint. Live music, great beer, and entry is free. What more could you want? 

Now that's what I call an album launch - pity Stroud is so far away!
Lance.

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