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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 23, 2016

Mike and Ruthy Band - Summertyne Americana Festival 2016 @ Sage Gateshead: July 22

(Review by Ann Alex)
After Windborne, it was up to the Summertyne Lounge aka the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, for the Mike And Ruthy Band, but the only details I caught were:
Ruthy (vocals, fiddle, banjo, ukelele banjo, guitar); Mike (vocals, guitar, banjo); Rob (pedal steel guitar); Jacob (bass guitar); Conrad (drums).  Also on some songs 3 Scottish musicians on trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, names not given.
Entirely a matter of taste, this was a really good band, superb musicians doing original songs besides those of Woody Guthrie and Richard Thompson, folkie in a rocky sort of style, and very much appreciated by the full to capacity audience, but I preferred the quieter approach of Windborne.
The Band’s chat was interesting, such as the tale of how they were invited to perform at a house-concert, which turned out to be in a squat where wooden furniture was being burned to keep people warm. And the tale of the song Ruthy wrote about her second pregnancy, saying how she was excused from doing anything she didn’t want to do, entitled Simple And Sober.  Other songs included New York City Is The Town Where I Found You; The Farmer; Legends Only Appear In Black And White; Vincent 1952 (?)(Richard Thompson); Goldeneye.   The concert was neatly rounded off with On The Way Home, with the brass section joining in.
The earlier support act was good listening, Gill Landry (guitar, mouthorgan) and Matt Parke (pedal steel guitar) doing sad love songs and songs of Americans who felt disaffected by their lives. I especially liked what the Sage technicians were doing with the lights, pretty disco effects for some of the songs, and a screen with the USA stars and stripes on the stage.
I see that Imelda May performs at the festival tomorrow, that should be good.  Just a thought: Is she related to Theresa May, and should she be appointed as the next PM? And I wonder if Theresa May can sing? Yes, I’m completely sober whilst making these reflections, you wouldn’t want to know what I think about while I’m drunk, unless it’s to imagine Russell dressed as a cowboy!
Ann Alex

1 comment :

Russell said...

Sober? I'll be the judge of that!