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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, December 24, 2012

Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats' Crescent Club. December 24


Iain MacAulay (trombone, trumpet & vocals), Derek Fleck (clarinet, soprano saxophone, tambourine & Santa hat), Roy Gibson (keyboards), John Carstairs Hallam (electric bass) & Ollie Rillands (drums) + Joan Armstrong (vocals), Brian Chester (trombone) & Barry Soulsby (vocals).
(Review by Russell).
Party time, Christmas apparently. Birthday time too. Keyboards' man Roy Gibson and bar worker Aynsley share the same birthday, albeit generations apart. Happy birthday to you and you. Iain MacAulay's laconic vocal style introduced My Blue Heaven and front line partner Derek Fleck introduced his soprano saxophone to the daylight for the first time in eons, on Summertime. 

Cullercoats Crescent Club could be in the running for Camra's Club of the Year with no fewer than three handpulls on the bar (Brains, Camerons and Skinners) and a fair number of regulars eschewed any notion of last minute end-of-the-world panic buying to sink a pint or three and listen to some good-time jazz. The raffle prizes bypassed this table (Lance, Ann and yours truly), multi instrumentalist John Hallam dropped by to say hello, talk all things dance band and give an update on his latest purchase (the mind boggles as to how many musical instruments reside at Chez JCH!). Joan Armstrong got up to sing a couple of numbers (You Don't Know Me and Jingle Bell Rock) and Barry Soulsby arrived in time to tell us about his Worried Man Blues. MacAulaintroduced Buona Sera or as he would have it Bonnie Sarah (not quite Dean Martin!). Sentimental Journey provided a two-trombone treat (the contrasting styles of MacAulay and Brian Chester) and Birthday Boy Gibson featured on St.Louis Blues. Next week's session is of course Hogmanay and Scot Macaulay promises (threatens?) one or two surprises!

Russell.

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