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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, October 18, 2012

Skamel @ Hoochie Coochie

Nick Walters (tpt); Tim Cox (tmb); Ben Cottrell (ten); Anton Hunter (gtr); James Adolpho (bs); Johnny Hunter (dms/ldr).
(Review by Lance.)
What a sound these guys get! The trumpet, trombone, tenor frontline could grace a Jazz Messengers line-up and not be out of place.The gig was billed as Reggae  and the off beat rhythm from Anton Hunter and brother John on drums was most definitely of Jamaican origin .
And yet, listening to the horns, these guys weren't thinking of Jamaica when they were blowing '50s Blue Note!
Trumpet player Walters - rich toned and driving - this was Lee Morgan or Freddie Hubbard or Terence Blanchard or Roy Hargreaves, embedded inside a guy from the wrong side of Manchester (either side's the wrong side for  us Georgians).
Cox on trombone, nice easy reasoned solos - a joy to hear.
Ben Cottrell, lovely tenor playing - nice one
Behind all this, the reggae machine pumped out its joyful rhythms. Adolphus the bass, Hunter the Guitar and Hunter the Drummer kept the throb of the Caribbean flowing.
To add to the ambience a few dancers strutting made this an eye catching as well as an ear catching evening!
Only thought - to be true Reggae you need a Bob Marley clone on vocals. I can live without Bob Marley. This was Reggaetime jazz - C'mon and hear...
CD review to follow shortly.
Photos.
Lance.

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