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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, July 20, 2015

Summertyne Americana: The McCrary Sisters/Cedric Burnside @ Sage Gateshead - July 19.

McCrary Sisters (Alfreda, Ann, Deborah, Regina) - vocals + keys; bs; gtr; dms.
(Review by Lance/Photos from Sage Gateshead Facebook page.).
I shouldn't have worn my grey flannel strides - amidst all the denim I felt like a city slicker at the Saturday Night Fish Fry. 
That was my first mistake. The second one was forgetting my pen. I know that in this brave new world pen and paper are practically obsolete but with me the old order has yet to walk on by. So, upon arrival at Sage Nashville, I forked out a couple of sawbucks for a dandy looking blue pen at the trading post where they sell dandy looking blue pens. It also had Sage Gateshead printed on the side - a keepsake.
The McClary girls came on stage and, with a great band behind them, I made to write WOW backwards. This was when my pen exploded! A lady across the aisle caught part of it, the writing bit shot elsewhere and, for all I know, the tiny spring is still in orbit!
However, now that I'm home on the range, I realise I didn't need a pen at all because what those gals were putting down defied mere written superlatives!
Imagine, say, the Boswell Sisters meeting the Supremes at the Holy Tabernacle Church and you've got the picture. Put simply, they were sensational! With the lead vocals changing from number to number it was impossible to single out one above the rest and the tight harmonies made the overall sound something else. Standing ovation.
WOW!
Cedric Burnside (gtr/vcl/dms); Trenton Ayers (gtr).
The show began with some country blues from Burnside singing solo and 'companying himself on guitar. Long time musical associate Trenton Ayers joined him, Cedric vacated guitar for drum kit and the duo moved towards Chicago and Detroit taking the crowd with them on a roller coaster ride. The drums were given a workout, the guitar thrashed, the audience roared. The tempos varied, the words were different, the sound the same.
Jack Daniels set to music. 
Roll on next year!
Lance.

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