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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.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blue-Eyed Hawk @ Kings Place Sept. 13

Lauren Kinsella (voice), Alex Roth (guitar, effects, synth, voice), Laura Jurd (trumpet, synth, voice), Corrie Dick (drums, percussion, harmonium, piano, voice).
When my review copy of Blue-Eyed Hawk's Under the Moon dropped through the letter box I took one look and promptly despatched it off to one of our other reviewers deciding that this wasn't for me.
I was wrong!
Boy was I wrong!
Last night, hearing the band live, I regretted my impetuousness for this was indeed something special. In his review Hugh remarks on their cross genre approach which they certainly have. Eon, a genial, curling, golfing, bass playing chap frae Edinburgh sitting next to me, commented on the variety of music served up and it truly was very much a pot-pourri but not, I hasten to add, a mish mash!
All four players provided the material and I think we can even include Over the Rainbow - referred to here as Somewhere - as an original. Harold Arlen had little to do with this version apart from the additional sound effects as he turned over in his grave! Quite an amazing version.
Kinsella's intonation is spot on, her wordless phrases worthy of Norma Winstone or the early Cleo Laine. Living in the Fast Lane was frantic and lived up to the title. Jurd and Kinsella had some duo moments that were an absolute knock out, as was Corrie Dick's fiery drumming.
There was also delicate guitar chording from Roth as well as no holds barred thrashes.
Surprisingly, one of the most effective numbers was the finale - Valediction. A tender, emotional piece that tore at my inner soul.
Blue-Eyed Hawk appear at Splinter's October 5 session at The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.
Miss it at your peril!
Lance.

1 comment :

Hugh said...

Interesting piece, Lance - I did wonder what you'd make of them if you heard them.