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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 09, 2012

Katherine Stone Quartet @ Hoochie Coochie

Katherine Stone (vcl); Dean Stockdale (pno); Mick Danby (bs/backing vcl); Steve Doyle (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Besame Mucho suggested the Coconut Grove or the Stork Club back in the 1940s. A gentle rumba rhythm (or was it a beguine?) set the mood for the evening.Cheek to Cheek took us into safe songbook territory, impeccably sung and played with pianist Stockdale providing the jazz.
In all, I counted 30 songs over the two set gig all gems of the songwriters craft. An up tempo I Wish You Love scored heavily as did Hit The Road To Dreamland and the wonderful lyric - 
Bye bye baby
Time to hit the road to dreamland
Don't cry baby
It was divine but the rooster has finally crowed
Time to hit the road.
Ramsay Lewis' Wade in the Water moved into funkier territory as did Street Life and Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing.
Ms. Stone isn't an out and out jazz singer but she sits nicely on the fringe delivering the goods tastefully and effectively. A good stage presence suggests possibly a theatrical background  and the crowd appreciated her varied program.
Stockdale is a welcome addition to the local keyboard scene whilst Messrs Danby and Doyle kept it all together with the former throwing in the odd backing vocal.
Enjoyable.
Hoochie photos.
Lance.

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