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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.

Friday, December 23, 2016

King Bee Xmas Party 2016 @ Hoochie Coochie - December 22

Dave Wilde (tenor/baritone/flute/vocal); Graham Hardy (trumpet/flugel); Chris Jelly (vibes); Steve Glendinning (guitar); Mark Hand (keys); Dan Brady (bass guitar); Jonathon Marriott (drums); Brendan Murphy (congas/perc.)
(Review by Lance).
Christmas is many things to many people. Last night it was one thing to many people - Funtime!
As the festively clad band struck up with We Got the Power the dancers took to the floor - bizarrely there were more men than women shaking their hips as Wilde blew the first of many solos. The groove was in.
Switching to flute for Who Do You Think You Are?, a number he, Dave, also sang. Indeed Wilde's vocal contributions seem to have increased somewhat adding a further dimension to a band Warren described as "The best band in Newcastle". I'd have added, "And much further afield" and I don't mean Gateshead.
Around about this time, Chris Jelly played a solo that sparked the thought that this was the best solo I'd heard all year - until he played another solo...
Other numbers included their greatest hit, Where's my Money Gone? and It's Too Late For me. There were plenty more but I was too busy enjoying the music and the ambiance to make notes.
Super-sub Graham Hardy slotted in nicely and the trumpet/tenor chase choruses were something else.
Marriott and Murphy exuded empathy, each anticipating and complementing the other. Glendinning, Brady, and Hand too were formidable both solo-wise and as a team.
Sadly, the evening had to end. The number 27 sleigh was in sight. As I was leaving, Chris Jelly was rendering God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen in the manner of  MJQ before the merry gentlemen funked it up.
It's on evenings like this that I conclude that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year!
Lance.
Photos.

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