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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, July 15, 2013

Northern Monkey Brass Band @ The Cumberland Arms. July 14

(Review by Russell)
It was a dog day afternoon up on the hill. The Cumberland’s summer beer festival was in full swing – rumour had it supplies were running out! The barbie similarly packed-up too soon as a crescent moon rose in the still burning blue sky. The strains of a Crescent City jazz band could be heard in the distance. A marching band wound its way into view along James Place Street. Graham Hardy’s Northern Monkey Brass Band entered the arena to impart the good news…we have a friend in Jesus! More good news…the beer continued to flow. 
Trumpeter Hardy used to be a Horn Dog, these days he’s a monkey, a Northern Monkey. His brass band of A-listers – Mark Webb (trumpet), Jamie Toms (tenor saxophone), David Gray (trombone), Mark Ferris (trombone), Phil Rosier (tuba), Nik Alevroyiannis (percussion) and Brendan Murphy (percussion) – gave it everything. Phil Rosier’s tuba the ensemble’s workhorse, the flailing arms of Alevroyiannis and Murphy the percussive motor, Gray (trombone) and Toms (tenor) the loose cannons, prone to firing a broadside. The A Team, Thriller, Monkey Blood (a Hardy original), the tunes came thick and fast. So fast Hardy added a number to the set list. Now there’s a first! Cumberland regulars – a motley crew of Confederate deserters, the bearded, the beaded, the good, the bad and… – were up dancing. A good time band, but make no mistake, these guys are seriously good.  Check out www.northernmonkeybrassband.com    
Russell.

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