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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.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Nicola Farnon Trio @ Holy Trinity Church Matfen - March 29

Nicola Farnon - Vocal, Double Bass, Piero Tucci - Piano, Tenor Sax, Phil Johnson - Drums, Perc
(Review by Ray Robson).
Being lovers of the acoustics a church provides, we were delighted to see that our local "Highlights" group had continued their great support in taking Jazz to local Northumberland communities & had arranged a mini tour for the Nicola Farnon Trio.....we caught up with them in the lovely surroundings of Holy Trinity Church in Matfen. 
Music amplified in a church can produce sound problems at times, but tonight the settings were excellent, & the full Church was treated to the scintillating sound of Nicola's vocals ....she has a voice that captures your attention from the off ....combining her lead vocals with swinging bass playing & with a personality that warms the audience & draws them in close. Peiro Tucci on keyboards gave unpretentiously classy support, swapping to tenor sax with ease, & at one point playing both at once ! Drummer Phil Johnson pushed the beat along, a very sensitive touch providing a foil to the others.
We opened with Let There be Love then, keeping us in a romantic mood, This Can't be Love then a fabulous Summertime. One of Nicola's own compositions next, again beautiful vocals on Perfect Lovely Day. We were On the Sunny Side of the Street then there was No Moon at All before an upbeat samba number Just You, Just Me took us to the break.
A Cha Cha quick tempo The More I See You then Gershwin's Our Love is Here to Stay was followed by the instrumental Take Five, with Piero excelling on TenorSax. A new one for us next, a haunting Abbey Lincoln number Keep Your Hand Open before Ms Farnon wowed us with the old Peggy Lee hit Fever. Next A Beautiful Friendship then we went all Fred Astaire with Cheek to Cheek. All to soon we'd reached the final number, but the trio left us wishing for more with the excellent Billy Taylor classic "BBC Film Show" theme track of I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free.
We were free to go, but we did not want to leave ....everyone had enjoyed an excellent set from three great musicians & there were smiles all round to keep us warm as we ventured out into the cold. The evenings music was nicely complimented by the night sky & the twinkling stars, a sight we city dwellers sadly see so little of !
Struan at Matfen advises us that Jazz will return there in the Summer months, so its well worth the 20 minutes drive from Newcastle to experience the hospitality & good Jazz that we so enjoyed.
Highlights North take entertainment to rural areas across Northumberland, Durham & Cumbria ....life's not all Jazz ....including the marvelous Bedlington Community Centre ...keep tabs on Whats on at http://www.highlightsnorth.co.uk/whats-on-listings.aspx....& for Bedlington 
Ray

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