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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, February 08, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Safe Sextet - Feb. 7

Don Forbes (trumpet); Pete Gilligan (keys); Steve Summers (alto/sop sax); John Rowland (tenor sax); Ray Truscott (bass); Mark Robertson (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
I must confess that I didn’t intend to review this as I wanted to skive from BSH and simply relax and enjoy the gig, and I’m also half way through reviewing a CD at home.  But I enjoyed the gig so much that I’m reviewing it anyway after a fashion, without any notes or list of tunes played.  The Globe deserves the review as well.  The audience numbers are increasing week by week; most seats were taken last night.
I can’t say too much about these musicians as everyone who’s heard them knows how wonderful they are to listen to, and they were all on great form.  Don introduced each number without the mike which gave a homely feel to the proceedings, and he amiably let the rest of the band have most of the solos, not at all one to pull rank. The solos were full of interest – thanks to the afternoon Co-op workshop at Sage Gateahead, which was all about improvisation, I had a fair idea of what to listen for, it’s all about chords, suspended, augmented, notes borrowed from other scales, and goodness knows what else.  I don’t pretend to understand it but the music sounds great.  Tunes included No Good Boyo from Stan Tracy’s Under Milk Wood Suite; the tune with Nantucket in the title; a very danceable calypso tune; some Coltrane and I seem to remember some Mike Carr, from the EMCEE 5 recordings. 
An added bonus was that Mark Robertson’s book was for sale at the cheaper price of £7.00.  It’s called Off Key, a story concerning a relationship and the jazz world, but humorous as well.  I started to read my copy on the metro home and I can vouch for the humour as I laughed on the very first page.
This has been a short review of a well-spent evening.
Ann Alex

1 comment :

Mark Robertson said...

Glad you enjoyed the gig and are enjoying the book Ann. Let me know when you've finished it. I have a post to send you about some strange coincidences involving Off Key but it contains some spoilers so it's best left till you've completed it.