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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.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

John Martin’s Hidden Notes @ The Jazz Café. July 1

John Martin (tenor saxophone), Ralph Wyld (vibraphone), Rob Updegraff (guitar), Tim Fairhall (double bass) & Tim Giles (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley)
From Wylam to Wales, for the most part the punters were elsewhere. Wylam Brewery’s new parkland palace of musical and bacchanalian delight was open for business and the Principality’s Welsh Wizards held the goggle-box fan of the beautiful game in its thrall.
Newcastle’s Jazz Café dismissed such alternative attractions in favour of pursuing John Martin’s Hidden Notes.
John Martin and his quintet of band mates have frequented Newcastle’s jazz rooms in a number of outfits in recent times; the Bridge Hotel, the Lit and Phil and here at the Jazz Café. The tenor saxophonist’s Hidden Notes project first saw them record an album and now they are on tour. All of the tunes in the set list were from the F-IRE label CD Spirit of Adventure. This Jazz Café performance burnished the studio recording; John Martin’s exploration of multiphonics in tonal music didn’t in any way constrain his tenor playing on the evening and Ralph Wyld’s dazzling four-mallet vibes playing impressed  again a  matter of days after his appearance with Tim Richards. Heptopia opened the programme with the leader in robust form. A more muscular approach to that heard on the album, it was good to hear John Martin stretch out a little. Rob Updegraff’s Telecaster prompting and probing added to the mix as the two Tims – bassist Fairhall and in demand drummer Giles – were right in there, fully immersed in Martin’s compositions.
The bluesy Folklore steered a grittier path and, as the composer Martin referred to it, the ‘disgruntled’ Giant’s Stomp showcased Wyld’s vibes with Fairhall’s walking bass line a guiding light. The new album’s title track Spirit of Adventure hinted at an Eastern theme with Updegraff’s scorching solo a highlight as Tim Giles’ trademark rattling percussive style impressed an attentive Friday night crowd.
Russell.

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