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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.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival: Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion - June 1

Zoë Gilby (voice); Andy Champion (double bass).
(Review by Russell). 
The second DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival has built upon last year’s inaugural event with a much-expanded schedule of performances and venues. The organisation is most impressive and a gig in Durham Castle’s ancient Norman Chapel proved to be an inspired choice. Tyneside vocalist Zoë Gilby together with bassist Andy Champion opened DJazz 2018 performing in the ancient 800-year-old atmospheric, intimate space. Few could have envisaged it as a viable proposition and yet it worked brilliantly.


The Windmills of Your Mind opened Gilby and Champion’s set, a set played entirely acoustically. A dimly lit space, the Norman Chapel has the most amazing acoustics. Paul Simon, Kate Bush, a few standards, the set list familiar, the duo’s performance exceptional. Talking to the audience, or in full voice singing, Gilby projected effortlessly to all corners of the room. Double bassist Champion must have relished performing in such a location; bowed bass parts conjured JS Bach, or perhaps Pablo Casals.

Ms Gilby spoke about meeting Sheila Jordan, painting a picture of the legendary American vocalist. In doing so, Nice Work If You Can Get It was dedicated to the bop era survivor. Festivals are full of riches such as this first concert, yet it was time to move on to the nearby Palace Green Library, but not before hearing Victor Young’s A Weaver of Dreams. A dream opening to DJazz 2018.           
Russell

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