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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.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

RIP Tony Martin.one of Hollywood's finest musical stars.

OK so Tony Martin wasn't a jazzman. He was a singer though and an actor with an engaging presence. He had a way with a ballad that made it easy to understand why such a Hollywood lovely as Cyd Charisse would stay married to him for 60 years!
Favourite Tony Martin record? Tenement Symphony was great but, for me, it was the duet with Fran Warren - Take A Letter Miss Smith. I wonder how many of our readers remember that one? 
You made some wonderful musicals Tony - we love you.
Died July 27 aged 98.
Obituary.
Lance.

4 comments :

Liz said...

"Take a letter Miss Smith" was a fave of mine in my younger days, I put it in the same category as "Guess who I saw today?" little stories set to music & beautifully sung, & yes Tony Martin was always easy on the ear
Liz

Liz said...

PS. another one in that genre " PS I Love You" especially Eydie Gormé's version!
Liz

Steve Andrews said...

Somewhere I've got a video of a 1950's Nat Cole TV Show with Tony Martin playing some surprisingly "spiky" jazz clarinet. Not exactly Artie Shaw, but perhaps he had been a bit of a jazzer when he was a sax player in his youth?
My favourite record of his is "If it's You" (composed by Artie Shaw!), a great tune with good lyrics which is rarely heard nowadays, which he sang in the Marx Bros. 1941 movie "The Big Store".

Liz said...

just watched it on Utube Steve, what a lovely romantic lyric, beautifully sung and Oh boy what a heartthrob he must have been in those days!
Liz