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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, May 03, 2017

Jazz Café Jam Session - May 2.











(Review by Lance). 
Another killer! The calibre of players who turn up to jam at the Caff on  the first and third Tuesdays of the month just gets higher and higher. Some are regulars, some occasional visitors and some first timers. Some, even a throwback to the Sunday afternoon sessions of the Crombie Era!
In this latter category was Julija Jacenaite*, a lusty in your face, soulful scatwoman whom I remembered well from those heady afternoons. In the four or five years since I last heard this Lithuanian (or is it Roumanian?) lady the voice has matured and the stage presence with it.
Wave, an incredibly fast All of Me. A Night in Tunisia and Take the A Train left the audience breathless. If Crombie could have heard her now!
Not that Julija was the only nightingale singing in Pink Lane. Belinda Voshtina made a tantalisingly brief appearance to sing A Day in the Life of a Fool backed only by Alan Law and John Pope. We wanted more but she couldn't stay.

Other newcomers included impressive guitarist Ath Alex and fiery trumpet player Joe Davies whilst semi-regulars Johnson, Dixon, Brown and Fairhurst also kept the flag flying.
As ever, Berklee bound MacKellar knocked everyone out in fact, after his solo on Airegin I couldn't help but think that Berklee should be coming to him!
Needless to say the house trio of Law, Pope and White were up for it. Not surprisingly, given Alan's predilection for things Hispanic, including an extended Cuban opus in their opening set.
Cigars all round.
Can't wait for the next one.
Photos.
Lance.
Alan Law (piano); John Pope (bass); Sid White (drums) + Joel Brown (piano); Matthew MacKellar (drums); Ray Johnson (trumpet/flugel); Ath Alex (guitar); Matthew Fairhurst (drums); Belinda Voshtina (vocal); Julija Jacenaite (vocal); Tom Dixon (tenor); Joe Davies (trumpet).
* Keep an eye out for Julija's Brave Wee Ant at a venue near you - soon.

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