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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.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Jazz Social @ Charts - August 12

Stu Collingwood (piano, vocals); Andy Champion (double bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)
(Review/photos by Russell).
Here's that rainy day said the forecast. Humid, cloudy but the rain would hold off, wouldn't it? A last minute decision found your correspondent in Charts in time to catch the final number -  Days of Wine and Roses - of the second of three sets at the weekly Quayside Jazz Social. 

For Jazz Social read 'jam session'. The session, led by pianist Stu Collingwood, is slowly but surely attracting listeners as opposed to transient circuit drinkers. Joining Collingwood this week were Andy Champion and Matt MacKellar. The house trio could hold its own with the best of them and although one or two musicians dropped by sitters-in continued to prove elusive. 
An interval slice of pizza, a brief chat with a couple from Kent - they couldn't believe how good the musicians were! - then on to the final set of the afternoon. Our Love is Here to Stay, standard material except...Collingwood sang! Let's hear more next time, Stu! Sonny with  Stevie Wonder-style 70s keyboards and A Weaver of Dreams featuring Champion's top flight solo drew cries of 'Yeah!' from our Kentish Man visitor. 

Take Five featured Brubeck, Wright and Morello, aka Collingwood, Champion and MacKellar...Kentish Man was impressed a second time, no surprise really, these guys are the business! Time to go out on I Got Rhythm. Champion's arco bass solo party piece and MacKelllar's stupendous brushwork solo just about floored our Garden of England visitor. Aren't we Geordies lucky to hear this stuff here, there and everywhere, eight nights a week?! The audience wanted more so Stu and the boys obliged with C Jam Blues

Oh, yes...on leaving Charts glowering storm clouds framed the Tyne's many bridges and within minutes the heavens opened but it didn't matter, Jazz Social had your correspondent Singin' in the  Rain.
Russell.            

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