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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.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

CD Review: Deborah Latz - Sur L’instant

Deborah Latz (vocals); Alain Jean-Marie (piano); Gilles Naturel (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Yet another good woman singer!  Bring 'em on I say!
(and there is also a local crop of women singers in the offing, and we should all be pleased about this, just as much as we’d rejoice at having lots of up-and-coming sax players, and that’s the feminist bit of the review over, I’ll say no more).
Ms Latz is an actor as well, and she’s sung in the US, Europe and China. This is her 4th CD and she’s recommended by the great Sheila Jordan.  Sur L’instant  has a pleasing intimate feel, our singer is in very good voice, showing a subtle sense of swing with just the right amount of scat, and an effective sense of the dramatic qualities of the songs.
The song choice is varied and wise: Love Theme From Spartcus; Throw It Away; Brubeck’s Weep No More; All The Things You Are; Four; Blue Monk; Mr PC; Nature Boy; Over The Rainbow.  I especially liked Nature Boy, which begins with a bowed bass, and then the piano joins in for the 2nd chorus, and I also enjoyed the delightful Blue Monk, I quote:
‘monkery’s a slow, slow train,
 trial and error, loss and gain’
The piano and bass do their stuff really well and it’s very difficult to say anything fresh about really skilled jazz musicians such as these, so I’ll leave it at that.
There are CD launch events on June 1st (Bar Next Door) and July 25th (Cornelia Street Cafe) but I think you’ll have to travel to New York to attend these do’s.
The CD became available on May 5 on June Moon Productions.  See deborahlatz.com 
Ann Alex

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