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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, March 01, 2015

Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny. Mar 1

Neil Hunter (vocals), Terry O’Hern (trombone), Alan Thompson (tenor & baritone saxophones), Steve McGarvie (alto saxophone & vocals), Geoff Owens (keyboards), Bob Garrington (guitar), Ian Rigby (bass & vocals) & Gary Cain (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The Cluny. First Sunday in the month. Doors 12:30pm. The place heaving by 1:00pm. The Smokin’ Spitfires were in town. The Temptations, Bobby Bland, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett. A Memphis Stax Soul Survivors’ shindig. Neil Hunter and one or two of the ‘boys’ have been at it a long time. The same Neil Hunter who fronted the north east’s big soul band par excellence, the Eastside Torpedoes (back in the day).
The big soul voice as good as ever, the band the best around. 634-5789, Sweet Soul Music (Do You Like Good Music? asked Arthur Conley. Yeah, Yeah was the reply). The Cluny’s dance floor awash with sweating, heaving bodies getting’ on down. The horn section culled from Darlington Delta’s jazz fraternity – Terry O’Hern ( Eastside Torpedoes’ trombone veteran), Alan Thompson (tenor & baritone saxes) and backing vocalist extraordinaire Steve McGarvie (and no mean alto player!).
Interval. Outside, fresh air. Twenty minutes later, set two. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You), Holland, Dozier and Holland’s Motown classic had them on the floor again. They stayed there for the Trammps’ Hold back the Night, Hold On, I’m Comin’ and Move On Up. Exhausting stuff, superb band (rhythm section and horns). Once a month (first Sunday), what a gig!
The Bubble Foundation should be happy with this one!
Advance notice of a gig at a venue familiar to some – Friday April 17 the Smokin’ Spitfires will be in the upstairs room of the Gosforth Hotel (the pub on the corner of Gosforth High Street and Salters Road). 7:30pm. Tickets are £7.00. The only way to get one is to be at the Cluny next time – Sunday 5 April – or to buy one at the door. The Gosforth Hotel date has the makings of an ‘I was there’ gig. Russell.

1 comment :

Patti D. said...

Oooh - this sounds ace - all that sweet soul music - yeah, yeah and yeah! Note to self, must get to Cluny on Sunday 5 April.