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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, December 19, 2017

Touring now! The Francis Tulip Quartet

(Preview by Russell)
Pre and post-Christmas there is an opportunity to catch up on the latest developments concerning four young men who are most definitely going places. In fact, they’ve been and gone, returning for the festive break before once again setting off on their amazing musical adventures.
The Francis Tulip Quartet will be playing three gigs (two in the week before Christmas, and a third and final gig in early January) across the north east of England. Earlier this year the quartet made a big impact playing a gig at Newcastle’s Jazz Co-op. Thelonius Monk, Wayne Shorter and others were on the set list then, it remains to be seen what the boys will choose to play on their short tour over the festive period. Guitarist Francis Tulip is home from his jazz degree studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, similarly, bassist Michael Dunlop is home from London’s Guildhall, and all the way from Berklee, Boston, USA is drummer Matthew MacKellar. Closer to home, pianist Joel Brown is on holiday from his sixth form studies at Whitley Bay High School!
These lads can play, no doubt about it! Francis has the bop language at his fingertips, Michael has it all covered playing electric bass, and Matthew is expected to perform like Superman having been at the world famous Berklee College of Music for all of four months! And the young man of the four, pianist Joel, is a rapidly developing free spirit. This is your opportunity to hear them play live before they hit the big time.

On Wednesday evening (Dec 20) at Durham’s Empty Shop the quartet will meet up to play the first of three gigs, then on Friday (Dec 22) it’s gig number two at Newcastle’s Jazz Café. The support of these venues is key in helping further the careers of emerging young musicians and these gigs are a great opportunity to get along and show your support. Early in 2018 (January 9) the lads rock up at Hexham Jazz Club to play the third and final gig of their short tour. Hexham’s Fox Inn located on West End Terrace is a keen supporter of jazz in the Northumberland market town and the Tuesday night regulars are in for a treat on the 9th.

Three gigs, do get along to at least one of them (some fans of the FT4 will be at all three!).   
Russell                                

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