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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.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond.

Dean Stockdale (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Keith Hill (dms).
(Review by Lance - photo courtesy of Viv Williamson).
A fairly routine day at the office type gig with a few sound hiccups re the mic and the overall balance. Nevertheless, God Bless The Child (who's got his own - mic?) got things rolling with Stockdale digging deep into his blues flavoured bag of musical tricks. Meanwhile, I was digging deep into the Chef's bag of culinary delights in the form of King Prawn & Scallop with Garlic, Chilli and Coriander, with Spiced Focaccia
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise had a nice easy lilt to it whilst All Blues simply floated. The pianist had more attempts  at  announcing  but  the  mic was in a temperamental mood which isn't a cue for a song! Wave went down  the  bossa  road  and  The Nearness of You  coincided  with  the arrival  of  my Pan  Fried  Chicken Supreme with Butterbeans, Pancetta and Chorizo.
One Note Samba didn't quite cut it for me. The drums tended to be a little too prominent and the piano not prominent enough plus an unusual take on the middle eight. This was probably due to my position in a corner seat getting a distorted sound picture - memo to be sat in my usual seat diagonally opposite under the stairs. 
Bye Bye Blackbird, hello Pan Perdu, Red Wins and Poached Pear. This Can't Be Love - you better believe it! One spoonful and I was  entrapped.
Despite the problems it was a good set that seemed to be appreciated by a fair smattering of folk on both floors.
Lance.

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