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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, June 15, 2018

Mark Williams & John Pope @ The Globe Jazz Bar - June 14

Mark Williams (guitar); John Pope (bass)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Dave Parker). 
A recent article posted on these pages was so negative as to be almost offensive. Personally, if I  don’t like a gig I don’t feel the necessity to broadcast the fact on social media, after all what do I know? Luckily Thursday night's gig was one that I felt very comfortable reporting about.
Mark and John seem to be in more bands and combinations then there are books in the bible both old and new combined though whether they’ve been in a quartet with Matthew and Luke I can’t confirm. 
Although they have played many times together in various combos, the first time they had actually played as a duo was on the Sage Gateshead Concourse as part of GIJF2018.   Everyone present that afternoon was mighty impressed so it was no surprise that, when I turned up the at the Jazz Bar, the room was already full. Some of the correspondents on these pages will be pleased to hear that the music had melody, rhythm, harmony and in my opinion great instrumentalists so there was no danger of anyone leaving at halftime. It is this sort of music that gives jazz a good name. 
Joking aside, this was a really fabulous gig with the biblical brothers turning in another great performance. Most of the tunes were their own interpretations of songs written by jazz greats  Clifford Brown, Wayne Shorter, Don Grolnick and Joe Henderson.  All expertly and sensitively done and at times played so slowly that I thought my watch had stopped. My own personal favourite on the night was a song from David Lynch’s movie Eraserhead called In Heaven (Lady in the Radiator) tonight’s version was a version that John had lifted from a Pixies version but, however it came about, it was an excellent synopsis of the entire night – tasteful, elegant, brilliantly executed and very enjoyable.
Steve H.

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