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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.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Matt Anderson Quartet @ Ushaw College, June 30.

 Matt Anderson (tenor sax), Peter Lee (piano), Will Harris (double bass), Jay Davies (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
Matt claimed his reworking of Trane’s Countdown, renamed Count Up was the only bona fide Jazz piece they played, but later remembered Shorter’s Iris also counted. Last time he played Ushaw Matt was with a sextet dedicated to Shorter so we can guess that this is close to his heart, but that was when Jazz was temporarily reassigned to Ushaw’s own Jazz Caff whilst decorating went on in the Jazz Lounge.
I would argue this was all as jazz as it gets: tenor sax, piano, double bass and drums on a Friday night in my favourite north east venue, Matt’s originals and one by pianist Peter Lee (a good North East name) giving two master tenoristas a run. 
The more belligerent reader may have noticed that I generally cite Durham’s Empty Shop as the 'coolest' regular Jazz night in the region, but I'm a senior citizen there and a sprightly youngster propping up the bar at Ushaw.
To a man, the band were cool and I love to see Jazz musicians respect the past with jackets and stuff, and you always know when the jacket comes off it's about to get serious. So it was for the final piece of the first set, the highlight of the night, which began at a regular pace before - totally unexpectedly - swinging off at speed, then back, then off again.
Just over thirty made the venue look busy, with all tables occupied, but there was plenty room for a few more who, I've no doubt, would have loved it as much as those of us who were there did.
Steve T.

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