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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, October 15, 2012

Graham Don Trio @ The Cherry Tree

Graham Don (vcl/pno); Neil Harland (bs); Paul Smith (dms).
I started the evening with Braised Lamb Broth with Pearl Barley - not to be confused with the late Pearl Bailey. In the meantime, the trio played Wave. A gentle bossa that didn't disturb the diners and went down well with the aforementioned broth which was delicious.

Yesterdays featured a Neil Harland bass solo that blended in nicely with my Sauté of Beef, Gratin Dauphinoise and Green Peppercorns - almost like having an extra vegetable on the plate.
Graham Don brought his vocal chords into play on Moon Dance and later sang Georgia on my Mind - a la Ray Charles - and The Carpenters' Masquerade. Laura was given the romantic instrumental treatment, followed by a number that could have been Solar, Dolphin Dance or something entirely different. It was familiar but I couldn't place it.
Street Life coupled with Toffee and Pear Galette with Ice Cream was a tasty combination that worked well for me particularly when helped on its way by a bottle of Black Sheep.
Musically it wasn't an earth shattering evening. Not a jazz crowd by any means and the trio tactfully kept it low key - I'd like to hear Graham on an out and out jazz gig.
Lance.

1 comment :

The LondonJazz site said...

Your title is the best attempt to bring Don Cherry back that I've seen in a long time