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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.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Sage Gateshead - June 20.

Emma Fisk (violin); James Birkett (guitar); Dave Harris (guitar); Bruce Rollo (bass).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Billy Nicholson).
Second set and Venuti/Lang have morphed into Grappelli/Reinhardt. The year is now 1934, Eddie Lang has died tragically young and Fisk has replaced the short, flowing dress with a svelte,  champagne coloured, figure-hugging satin dress evocative of a pre-war Parisian nightclub hostess in Pigalle. For his part, Birkett has augmented his apparel with red socks; apparently a Django fashion faux pas in the eyes of Grappelli but hey! this is 1934, the year that Cole Porter wrote Anything Goes
To complete the line-up they were joined by the immaculately suited Bruce Rollo on double bass and the more casually attired Dave Harris on guitar.
Dinah, is there any tune finer? opened the time capsule and we were off to a flying start. Unlike the original Hot Club de France where Django was the sole guitar soloist leaving the other two guitarists, including his brother Joe, to chug away in a purely rhythmic, and often monotonous, capacity, Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord has two guitarists both superb soloists in their own right.
Paradoxically, listening to the original Venuti/Lang recordings and comparing them with the slightly later sides cut by Grappelli and Reinhardt, I find the former more modern and swingier than the latter. Emma and her 'boys' turn this around primarily because of the lighter rhythmic feel they employ.
Belleville; Honeysuckle Rose; I'm Confessin'; Viper's Dream; Exactly Like You; Minor Swing; If You Only Knew (?) - an impressive feature for Harris - and Lady Be Good were all showstoppers and the encore, unsurprisingly, was Nuages. A Hot Club concert without Nuages would be like a Glenn Miller gig without Moonlight Serenade.
Beautiful.
I don't think I've ever posted two separate reviews by myself of the two sets of a concert but, on this occasion, it was justified as both sets stood tall in their own right.
Which set was the best?
Mmm... have to flip a coin on that one.
Would you believe it? The coin has landed upright on its edge!
Lance. 
PS: Gig of the Month so far.

1 comment :

Patti said...

I read somewhere that Django was inspired by a photo of George Raft, to adopt the red socks and tux style. Whatever! He'd have looked and sounded great - as did Emma and her boys last night - it was a fabulous night!