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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, September 22, 2017

Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep @ Sage Gateshead - September 21

Courtney Pine (tenor saxophone, bass flute & EWI), Robert Mitchell (piano & organ), Vidal Montgomery (double bass), Robert Fordjour (drums) & Omar (vocals)
(Review by Russell)
Courtney Pine made the journey north ahead of the release of his new album. Sage Gateshead’s jazz and soul fans turned out to hear what he and Omar have been getting up to in the studio.The former Jazz Warrior is currently playing tenor saxophone for the first time in ten years. Would this re-engage some of his long-time fans who were, perhaps, growing tired of his preoccupation with bass clarinet? A half hour delay to the advertised start time encouraged ticket holders to hang in the bar and have another one.
Sage Two’s stage stood ready and waiting; Steinway grand and Korg CX-3 organ to our left, drum kit to the right, centre stage the province of Courtney and Omar. Members of the band walked out onto the stage one at a time. First, pianist Robert Mitchell, acknowledging the applause, drummer Robert Fordjour followed, then bassist Vidal Montgomery. A short pause then Courtney makes his entrance to a hero’s welcome. The ‘on the money’ band hit a groove from the get go. Omar joined the party and, for the most part, remained on stage throughout. Courtney switched between tenor, bass flute and EWI. Omar’s 24-carat vocals confirmed the man as a star – ‘soul’, ‘neo-soul’, name the genre, Omar’s got it down, great voice, simple as. Darker than the Blues featured Omar and a bass flute-playing Courtney. De Ja Vu from Omar’s 2017 album Love in Beats found Courtney on EWI and your reviewer wanting to hear more of the soul voice. Jazz gig? Who cares? Omar’s big hit – There’s Nothing Like This – had the audience singing along. Great voice, a presence, what a treat to hear the man sing!   
Pine’s new album Black Notes from the Deep due to be released on October 27 addresses current issues. A Change is Gonna Come spoke volumes in the 1960s and continues to speak to us today. Pine knows it, so he played it. The rhythm section got the chance to play with all grabbing a solo at some point during the evening. The one set of seventy-five minutes came to an end all too soon. A now standing audience wanted more but they were gone. ’Til next time.                
Russell

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