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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.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Alice Grace Quintet @ Jazz Café - Jan. 26.

Alice Grace (vcl); Paul Gowland (ten/alt/sop); Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Second gig in nine days for the quintet - I'd have been even happier if it had been the second gig in two days!
Like the Hoochie Coochie session a week gone Sunday this was another memorable occasion both visually and aurally. I say visually, not only because of the killer heels and the traffic stopping dress that Ms Grace had had painted on but also the changed appearance of drummer Morgan. Amazing what wonders a tonsorial artist can perform.
Aurally, there was also much musical artistry going on.
Just as Alice gave a lift to Love You Didn't Do Right by me, at Hoochie (reprised again last night), She also came up with a song from Doris Day's first film - Romance on the High Seas - It's You or No One. The film was also shown as It's Magic and that's what this was, pure magic. In particular, the Lee Konitz related unison passage between singer and sax that rounded the piece off.
So many highlights that I'd run out of superlatives if I tried to list them all; suffice to say that the tribute to you know who, Is There Life on Mars? done with just voice and piano, was right up there.
Morgan's hand drumming on Secret Love, the fours between alto and voice then voice and bass on When Lights Are Low, the scat chorus à la Sarah Vaughan on If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Gilligan's sympathetic accompaniment to Autumn Nocturne, Grainger's beard... all worthy of being noted.
This is one band that just gets better and better.
Lance.

1 comment :

Patti D (on F/b) said...

It was a fabulous gig - Alice and all the guys were brilliant!