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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, July 12, 2014

Paul Skerritt @ Jazz Café, Newcastle July11

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (dms); Anth Ord (bs); Dave Donnelly (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photos by Paul Ennis).
There's an old album by Erroll Garner entitled The Most Happy Piano. It's a great album and if, or rather when, James Harrison releases an album of his own it could be The Even Happier Piano because if ever a guy enjoyed playing it is James (Listen and learn Keith Jarrett!)
This was a gig for all seasons. Paul Skerritt can work a room with the skill of a Las Vegas entertainer and he had those present in the palm of his hand. He sings, he swings, he ring-a-ding dings. Old Blue Eyes ain't dead - he just moved to the north-east absorbing a bit of rock 'n' roll along the way.
A varied program that begun with I've Got You Under My Skin and ended with My Secret Love. Some of the numbers in between included Don't Get Around Much Any More, a frenetic version of Georgia on my Mind, Orange Coloured Sky, American Boy and Play That Funky Music.  Just some of the gems that captured the fans who wanted to hear songs sung well and pianos played as pianos ought to be played (no offence Harley!)
Also, a new brew from Hadrian Breweries, specially brewed for the Jazz Café - Geordiejazz! At 4.4% it proved to be very potable (hic!) but not as much as the music which was 100% proof.
A good gig in good company - remember the address - 25 Pink Lane.
Lance.
PS: Dave Donnelly, depping for Tom Chapman, was ace on drums and Anth Ord on both electric and acoustic bass did sterling work in the engine room popping up on deck for the intro and solo on Ain't No Sunshine. Don't you believe it, the sun shone brightly all evening.

4 comments :

Paul Anthony Ennis said...

What a fantastic night of top quality Jazz! Every member of the band gave their appreciative audience 100% enthusiasm, coupled with a deep passion and love of music in every song performed. The future of Paul Skerritt and his band at the Jazz Cafe is guaranteed!! I can't until next time :)

James Harrison (on F/b). said...

Thanks for the most happy review Lance!! Ha Ha.

Barbara Holding said...

Last Friday was my quite by chance debut visit to the Jazz cafe and what an amazing night to pick. I was blown away by the sheer exuberance and energy of James Harrison”s piano and the smoothie voice of Paul not to mention the others in the band. I left the place with a real feel good vibe unable to believe I had experienced such quality music for a fiver. When and where are this amazing band going to perform again?

Ashington Jazz Club said...

They are at Ashington Jazz Club on 6th August