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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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Friday, January 08, 2016

CD Review: Echoes of Swing - Dancing

Colin T. Dawson (tpt/vcl); Chris Hopkins (alt); Bernd Lhorsky (pno/ celeste); Oliver Mewes (dms).
(Review by Lance).
This was one that slipped under the radar last October - if it hadn't then last year's CD faves would have been augmented.
Dawson, at 55, has dropped the title of 'Kid' unlike Ory and co who were 'Kids' up to and beyond the grave! Dawson began his career as an actual kid with bands such as the local Heritage Hall Stompers before  recording with the, then, top UK New Orleans outfit - Sammy Rimington. That his musical horizons have expanded  over the years is no better demonstrated than on this ACT CD.
From South Shields to Germany via New Orleans, with this virtual stopover in Harlem circa 1938.
Raymond Scott, John Kirby, Bechet/Ladnier, Red Allen...
Jazz had moved up the river from Storyville, Chicago, called in at Kansas City and found a niche in NYC. Small group swing. Away from the growing emergence of the big bands and ahead of the boppers - Jazz was still dance music.
Dancing is the theme here and even a three legged stomper like myself finds it difficult not to shake a leg to this disc! However, dancer or listener, this is as good as it gets for those who realise that some of the most lasting jazz occurred twixt two of the bloodiest conflicts known to man (to date). Echoes of Swing bring back the era without sounding dated - play this in any trendy bar and I guess everyone would dance.
Dawson plays trumpet,quite restrained but still effective, sings in a soft seductive manner. It might not be what they go for in Whiteleas Club (South Shields)  but at somewhere like the Cherry Tree, Blaydon Jazz Club, Jazz Coop, Jazz Café or in particular, Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party at Whitley Bay it would be another story... 
The musicians are superb with Hopkins' alto perfectly attuned to Dawson's trumpet whilst Lhorsky and Mewes combine so well that I was half way through the album before I realised there wasn't a bass player!
Originals by Hopkins, Lhorsky and Dawson (Sandancer - a tribute to his home town and the old time music hall act Wilson, Keppel and Betty!) combine with original settings of standards, jazz classics, even JSB's Gavotte1, English Suite No. 6, to give us a potted history of jazz dancing.
Listen to Hipsters Hop.
Lance.
Echoes of Swing - Dancing available on ACT 9103 - 2

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