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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, March 16, 2018

James Harrison Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle - March 16

James Harrison (piano/drums); Anth Ord (bass guitar); Tom Chapman (drums).
(Review by Lance).
The monthly Friday lunchtime sessions at the Lit and Phil are rapidly becoming an automatic entry into the jazzoholic's diary. As with the Gala lunchtime gigs at Durham, they are invariably sold out. Today's session may not have been totally sold out but, for latecomers, it was standing room only.
When the attraction is the James Harrison Trio, understandably so.
Three young men of talent, they delighted the audience with their brand of piano jazz. Harrison is that rare breed of jazz musician who can be both creative and entertaining at the same time. 
Bass guitarist Ord once played a wrong note but it was so long ago that jazz historians are still unsure of the actual date - there were none today. 
Chapman's solos were absolutely compelling although his position was challenged when Harrison leaped from the piano stool and joined him in a drum duet. I think the tune was Putting on the Ritz although Fred Astaire would have had his work cut out dancing to this version!
One of those afternoons that you hope will never end. The pieces flowed; from the pianist's unaccompanied, rhapsodic intro to the opener right through to the closing Yardbird Suite. In between we had, among others, Mambo Inn, Put on a Happy Face, Strasbourg  St. Denis, Obsession and an unaccompanied piano solo - There Will Never Be Another You. Not the tear up so beloved of jammers but a delicate, sensitive, version dedicated to the late trumpet player Pete Papprill an early mentor of James. A deserved tribute by one great musician to another.
Outside, it didn't matter that it was raining - I felt like Gene Kelly (come to think of it, didn't James insert a quote from that movie during an exchange of fours?)
I'm sure the trio will be back to the Lit & Phil but, in the meantime, there are other delights in store;
April 6:  Birkett & Johnston Duo.
May4:    Alan Barnes & Paul Edis.
June 22: Ushaw Ensemble.
Lance.

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