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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, January 10, 2016

Alan Glen Trio @ The Globe Jazz Bar - January 9.

Alan Glen (pno); John Pope (bs); Paul Wight (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The wet weather continued and I pondered upon the wisdom of making the tortuous bus/metro/bus journey to Jazz Coop HQ as opposed to sitting in the warmth of a centrally heated home with a glass of wine, a book of verse and a CD playing.
Fortunately, the former prevailed, a rare outing by the Alan Glen Trio was not to be passed by and I'm pleased to say that many others were of the same mind. The tables in the small room were all occupied creating a warm ambience enhanced by the music.
The music!
Three players at the top of their game blending seamlessly. Paul Wight driving with sticks, cajoling with brushes; John Pope - the Kreisler of the double bass and Alan 'The Monarch of the' Glen.
To describe Alan as the doyen of northeast jazz is but to state an indisputable fact. From the opening Love For Sale to Tune Up (there was more but bus beckoned) we were treated to a feast of piano trio jazz.
Like Someone in Love; Beautiful Love; Nightshade (Glen original?); If I Were a Bell; What's New? (The ultimate ballad performance!); All Blues; Woody'n You; If I Should Lose You; How Deep is the Ocean filled in the gaps.
Timeless piano playing.
Brilliant bass playing, not without a few humorous phrases.
Fours with some meaning.
It was still raining as I left but who cared?
Photos.
Lance.

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