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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, April 22, 2019

Swing Manouche @ Blaydon Jazz Club - Easter Day (April 21)

Mick Shoulder (guitar); Giles Strong (guitar); Paul Grainger (double bass); Gavin Lee (clarinet)
(Review by Russell)

Easter Day, Blaydon on Tyne basking in near heatwave conditions, it's always like this on the Costa del Tyneside...not! Go to the gig or to stay in the pub beer garden, that was the dilemma facing  Blaydon Jazz Club's faithful. 

It seems the beer garden - and the weather - won. That said, those who made the effort to get along to the Black Bull were rewarded with an evening of top quality music courtesy of Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche. Mick and Giles Strong played as if in WWII Paris, their guitars leading the cultural resistance alongside the advancing Allied Forces. Bassist Paul Grainger stood defiant, shoulder to (Mick) shoulder with his comrades. And then there was County Durham's answer to Hubert Rostaing, the suave, the sophisticated, the one and only Monsieur Gavin Lee.   
With Stéphane exiled in Blackout London - 'Ere don't you know there's a war on? - Swing Manouche carried the torch opening the concert with Anniversary Song. Throughout the evening Mick, Giles, Gavin and Paul took it in turn to solo, the whole thing looking effortless, a sure sign of a cracking outfit. All of MeTroublant Bolero (troubled times), Anouman, the brilliant Douce Ambiance, the era-defining Nuages - très bon, Monsieur Lee! - this was Swing Manouche at their best.

Blaydon Jazz Club continues to defy the odds, standing resolute in these straightened times. Together, Djangologists, jazz fans everywhere, we will never surrender. Vive la jazz!  
Russell.

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