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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 31, 2013

The Bill Evans/Scott LaFaro Songbook. Cadogan Hall, London. August 29.

 Out To Lunch Jazz Series.
Gareth Williams (piano/vocal); Dave Green (bass).
On entering the room I heard the buzz of anticipation, like being in a beehive. It was an hour before performance  start, and  not an empty seat to be found.  I had to position my back to the wall......by the time  the strains of My Foolish Heart flowed around the room.  I would have happily stood on my head without a murmur.
Even standing, I’m short, not possible to see the musicians, I was surprised  to hear a voice singing You To Me Are Everything  one word  says it all    mellifluous.   A masterly stroke by Gareth, to set the scene with lyrics, instrumental in between, concluding with words.   This strategy was repeated later in the only  piece by Johnny Mandell  In Love In Vain.
Following the interval I was fortunate enough to be given a seat by Romy an attentive member of staff - little things do mean a lot. I was then able to look around the audience, most were on the edge of their seats - enthralled.
Some day My Prince Will Come, Lucky to Be Me, Gloria’s Step,  Young And Foolish, Very Early/What Is This Thing Called Love all beautifully crafted, without exception

I took the slow bus route home, oblivious of my fellow travellers, with the words percolating round my head "When a bee lies sleeping in the palm of your hand you’re  bewitched..........I most definitely was.
Flore

1 comment :

The LondonJazz site said...

Lance / Flore great to see this! And astonishing that they got TWO reviews.

Here's Ours by Peter Vacher