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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, August 26, 2012

Pete Gilligan, Paul Grainger, Claire Kelly and Ray Truskett @ The Jazz Café

Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs/dms); Ray Truscott (bs); Claire Kelly (vcl).
Well, Pete didn't unveil his vibes and Adolph didn't turn up either (unless that was him behind the bar) but, nevertheless, Messrs Gilligan and Grainger delivered the goods - did they not!
I've never quite understood why the local jazz Mafia boycott the Café - Keith Crombie has provided a showcase for local jazzers to ply their wares and get much valued experience - Dave Weisser does a similar thing at The Chilli and the Godfathers show small support for that either.
Politics aside, Gilligan was in love - He Met Miss Jones, then there was Stella (by starlight), Alice (in Wonderland), Autumn (in New York) who he later Leaves.
Claire Kelly showed and, after a hesitant I've Grown Accustomed to His Face, rocked I Got Rhythm. Who could ask for anything more? Well we did and got Love Me or Leave Me. A question like that is a no-brainer!
The room had filled nicely by this time and Claire stepped down to allow the boys - Grainger was now on drums and Ray Truscott was threatening bass guitar - nobody threatens better!
Billie's Bounce, You Don't Know What Love is kept the pot boiling before Claire stepped back up.
Clare Fischer's  Morning, despite being a first public airing was okay, Mr Ugly - tried and tested Kelly but No More Clichés was a new one and it worked.
The Jazz Café (Pink Lane, Newcastle) is one of the cities treasures - don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Lance.

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