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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, May 04, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Yuya Honami Trio: Saturday May 2

Yuya Honami (drums); Pete Gilligan (piano); Paul Grainger (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Not your usual jazz trio at all.  A hugely enjoyable gig and also simply very interesting to watch and hear.  Not ‘interesting’ the way some reviewers use the word politely to mean ‘not very good’, but really, truly interesting because of the sound produced and the nature of the arrangements. The drums were an integral part of the band in an equal partnership, sometimes leading the tunes, and always playing a full part in the arrangements, whether in call and response with the piano, beating along with the piano’s rhythm, introducing riffs to the bass.  And what a drummer! People who have been to the Jazz Café Tuesday jams will have seen this drummer taking the place by storm.  If you haven’t yet seen him, do so soon, you’re in for a treat.  Even if you don’t like drums!

I hardly need say that the piano and bass were well up to the job, with some superb solos, Pete flowing along as usual and Paul playing well, dependable when necessary, walking along well, and producing beautiful melodies as appropriate.  But it was maybe the arrangements that made the gig, and I suspect that all three players had a hand in that.
The numbers included Brubeck’s Take Five; Oscar Peterson’s Hymn To Freedom; The Sunny Side of The Street; Nica’s Dream; Caravan; Strasbourg St Denis(?); Stablemates; My One And Only Love; Green Dolphin Street.  The final tune of the night before the encore was Brubeck’s Blue Rondo a La Turk. This is one of my all-time favourites – I loved this track long before I entered the jazz world properly about 4 years ago, so imagine my delight!  I simply want to laugh out loud when the tune switches from an ethnic sounding tune to sophisticated jazz within a few bars.
It was good to see the jazz bar full and many of the audience were new faces, student friends of the drummer.  I hope they keep on coming.  I’ve missed a few tunes from the list above, because I was trying to learn serving at the bar, as well as listening to the music.  It’s all part of being involved in a co-operative, and we are looking for more volunteers to serve in the bar, on the door, deliver leaflets etc, etc.  Good for your CV.  Fancy being a volunteer? Just thought I’d mention it!

Ann Alex 

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