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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.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Rendezvous Jazz @ Spanish City - July 22

Maureen Hall (vocals); Gavin Lee (clarinet, alto sax); Don Fairley (trombone); Malcolm Armstrong (keyboards); John Robinson (double bass); George Davidson (drums, vocals)
(Review by Russell).
Spanish City, once neglected, has been restored to its former glory. A familiar landmark on Whitley Bay seafront for more than a century, the striking architectural structure officially reopened to the public today. Over the weekend its doors opened to a curious public eager to take a look inside. They queued in their hundreds, possibly thousands, and no one could be other than impressed with the lovingly renovated building.
The sun shone, a fun fair on Whitley Bay Links did good business and the food and drink outlets - coffee shops, fish and chip shops, pubs and restaurants - were doing a roaring trade. Ice cream, anyone?

Outside Spanish City, a back-of-a-lorry stage presented jazz on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday. Early Sunday (11:00am) Maureen Hall's Rendezvous Jazz entertained a large crowd baking under a scorching sun. Weary Blues featured Gavin Lee's superb clarinet playing, bandleader Hall herself sang Birth of the Blues accompanied by a fine Don Fairley trombone solo. 

Dixie is right up Rendezvous Jazz's street and an instrumental feature - Waiting for the Robert E Lee - made the connection with North Tyneside's Confederate platoon. N'Awlins' brolly dollies responded to Hall's call to parade down South Rampart Street and with the never-ending glorious weather it wasn't such a stretch to imagine Whitley Bay being twinned with the Crescent City.       
Russell.

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