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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, July 05, 2018

Classic Swing @ Ashington Jazz Club - July 4

Bob Wade (trumpet & flugelhorn); Jim McBriarty (tenor saxophone, clarinet & vocals); Don Fairley (trombone); Colin Haikney (piano); Alan Rudd (bass); Tommy Graham (drums); Olive Rudd (vocals)
Last night saw the last of the current season of concerts at The Elephant (There now follows a two-month summer break – AJC will return in October.)
Featuring the regular line-up that plays at The Ship in Monkseaton every Tuesday lunchtime, we had a well-honed performance from everyone in the band. Special mention must go to drummer Tommy Graham on this, only his second visit to the Elephant. Tommy plays in a style that’s reminiscent of the great Jackie Denton. As a youngster, Tom had lessons from Jack. When Tom completed his training Jack was reported to have given Tom this compliment:“I like the way you play – you remind me of me!”
Tommy got rapturous applause for his drum solo on Caravan. Olive was featured to great effect on lots of numbers including It Don’t Mean a Thing. Jim Mc delivered a vocal on Rockin’ Chair.
For me the sign of a good jazz night is when both the audience and the band go home happy. This happened last night. Only one problem. Everyone was exhausted by the heat. The concert room at The Elephant has only one window that opens!
John T.

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