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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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Claire Martin & Montpelier Cello Quartet @ Sage Gateshead. Sept. 22

Claire Martin (vcl); Dan James (also double bass); Sarah Davison; Joe Giddey; Sirial Hugh-Jones (cellos).
(Review by Lance).
I'd never heard a cello quartet and in truth I haven't heard that many solo cellists in recent years. What a sheltered life I've led! So, given my misspent senior years, how would tonight pan out? Well I guess there were others with reservations about this concert as Hall Two was sparsely populated and normally a Claire Martin gig pulls the punters - deservedly so as there are few British jazz singers of her calibre.
Perhaps some decided on the evening's other attraction - Lloyd Wright with James Harrison at the Cherry Tree - I was torn between the two myself. For those who didn't do either then the only word I can think of is SAD.
Last night at Sage Gateshead was superb and so was Claire, cellos notwithstanding, she gave a professional performance that clarified her position as numero uno.
My Ship (Kurt Weill?) isn't heard as often as most standards - it should be, providing the singer can bring the feeling to it that Ms Martin does! Now I know why we don't hear it that often! Too Much in Love to Care (inspired by Carmen McRae); Night and Day (James arranged this one and also played bass); one of the less hackneyed songs from Porgy and Bess, My Man's Gone and a knock-out version of Cole Porter's Let's Do It. just how many verses did Porter write in this lyric? I'm sure I've heard hundreds of different ones! Makin' Whoopee complete with the verse was another delight (the cellos played a snatch of the Bridal March!) A Geoffrey Keezer arrangement of Like a Feather Falls (I think); Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World and Carly Simon's You're So Vain meant our cup was overflowing  and there was still more to come!
A tribute to Frank (he'd have been 100 next year) with All the Way; 'Round Midnight; Two Grey Rooms; Joni's Lost For Words; She's Leaving Home (one of the better Beatle numbers) by this time I'd stopped taking notes and instead just let the sound of four cellos and a voice envelop me.
The aforementioned violoncelli had a couple of features sans vocal and sounded good.
A grand evening that deserved greater support.
Lance. 

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