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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.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Kathryn Tickell and Superfolkus @ Lindisfarne Village Hall – July 16.

Kathryn Tickell (Northumberland pipes, fiddle), Sophie (fiddle, guitar), Scott (guitar, piano, mandolin), Michael (accordion), Will (percussion, mandolin).
Guests: Abby, Mike Tickell (voice), Rory (piano). 
(Review by Steve T.)
When the tide comes in Holy Island is another country, they do things different there. One lady told us that the pubs stay open late in summer but close early in the middle of July. I hoped the Wicker Man would be on the box to really spook Mrs T. Whether summer or mid-July, headline acts play in the afternoon so the queer folk who cross the causeway don't get stuck.  
Bebop Spoken Here is a North East Jazz site and many will claim Ms. Tickell has nothing to do with Jazz and I wouldn't totally disagree, despite her exploratory nature, her experimenting with unusual (for folk) instruments, room for improvisation in the frequent jigs and no small amount of virtuosity.
She has also written, recorded and performed with British jazz sax ace Andy Sheppard which remains in her set, whether Superfolkus or the Side.
Chatting with Jazz North East ace photographer Ken Drew a few weeks ago, we both agreed we aren't generally that much bothered by folk music but do love Kathryn Tickell. He told me of a discussion he had with another photographer about catching a shot of her when she's lost in music, and anyone who's seen her will know this. This strikes me as another Jazz thing.
If a connection between her and jazz is tenuous, she more than makes up for it in her relevance to the North East. If she isn't a national treasure - and I think she probably is - she's a North East treasure of the highest order.
This was the first time I'd seen her with this band and format though Mrs T saw them at Ushaw last year. While it's mostly the full band, you also get an accordion/guitar duo, a fiddle duo, this afternoon, two Geordie songs from eleven-year old singer Abby during each set, a mash-up from guest pianist Rory and a Cushy Butterfield singalong led by her father. This reminded my soft southern puff wife of when my mother gave her pease pudding and she thought she was trying to poison her.
Apart from the percussionist, the band are all music students under twenty, some from Glasgow Conservatoire and all very impressive. Having said that, my preference is for her other band the Side, featuring all ladies playing harp, cello and accordion who did Ushaw this year and two years ago. The Superfolkus format is a bit more talent-show, but with talent.  
Either way, like Djangologie, Santana, Show of Hands and Maze, once is never enough, so anyone who hasn't seen Kathryn Tickell should.
Steve T

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