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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.

Friday, February 27, 2015

More Jam @ The Globe. February 22

(Review by Russell)
The Newcastle Jazz Co-op’s monthly jam session designed for the more experienced musician drew a healthy number of participants (two or three of them being first time visitors) to the Railway Street venue located just off Scotswood Road between Metro Radio Arena and Newcastle College. The Findens (Stuart and Fiona) led the friendly gathering and Stuart opened on guitar with Ain’t Misbehavin’, Bernie’s Tune and, at violinist Kay Usher’s suggestion a Latin feel on Out of Nowhere.
The guitarists walked in. Friends Tom Lapworth (Ibanez) and Fardin Esfandiari (Strat) sat in on Ladybird, Solar and Blue Bossa. Young and talented, these guys are sitting in around town – catch them at a jam session soon. In walked John Rowland. With Stuart Finden on tenor preferring to leave the six string work to the young guns, a three-tenor horn section (the Findens and Rowland) played some bop, then the session’s highlight featured fabulous tenor from JR on In a Sentimental Mood.
The vocalists (an all-female roll call) had their say; Minnie Fraser Ain’t Misbehavin’, Julie Autumn Leaves and Ann Alex Fly Me to the Moon. ‘Mr Barman’ (aka Keith Barrett) grabbed the chance to play his wide-body Gibson on Bye Bye Blackbird. Graham Morris (yet another young guitarist) joined the party on Days of Wine and Roses.
Good to see Ray Truscott out and about. Our six-string maestro didn’t hang around too long (two or three tunes), but the stuff he laid down had ‘quality’ written all over it. The afternoon’s three hour session flew by and special mention for the bass and drums boys – Andrew and Andy – who worked ceaselessly for the love of it. More Jam meets again on Sunday 22 March (3:00-6:00pm). Free admission to performers and listeners alike. The ‘other’ jam session at the Globe – Am Jam – takes place next on Sunday 8 March, same time, same place. Led by Keith Barrett, if you are looking to sit in and gain invaluable experience in a non-competitive, supportive environment, this could be the session for you.    
Stuart Finden (tenor saxophone & guitar), Fiona Finden (tenor saxophone & vocals), John Rowland (tenor saxophone), Kay Usher (violin), Tom Lapworth (guitar), Fardin Esfandiari (guitar), Graham Morris (guitar), Keith Barrett (guitar), Minnie Fraser (vocals), Julie Allen (vocals), Ann Alex (vocals), Andrew  Porritt (double bass), Ray Truscott (electric bass) & Andy McClellan (drums)
Russell.

1 comment :

Lance said...

I must apologise to Russell and the participants at the jam for the delayed posting of his review. This was due to problems with my PC which have hopefully been resolved.
Similar apologies to those who have sent me a mountain of CDs for review - these may take a little longer!