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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, May 10, 2019

Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival: Salute to Fats – May 9


Jeff Barnhart (piano), John Hallam (reeds); Jamie Brownfield (trumpet); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Jack Amblin (drums) 
(Review by Russell)

The Lakeland Fells hove into view with rain clouds poised overhead - a typical Cumbrian scene. You know you've arrived when one village pub after the other boasts Jenning's Brewery beers. Tourists from all four corners, walkers striding out and, at this time of year, that very peculiar creature, the jazz fan, converge on the picturesque town of Keswick. Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival.

Arriving just in time to catch the last number of the opening concert in Rawnsley Hall, the Main Street venue was packed to the rafters. The full house came as little surprise when one considers the concert theme - Salute to Fats - and the musicians on the stand led by the ebullient American piano virtuoso Jeff Barnhart.

 It's a Sin to Tell a Lie sang JB backed by his old pals John Hallam and Bruce Rollo and the newbies, the brilliant Jamie Brownfield (BSH last heard the trumpeter at last year's Classic Jazz Party in Whitley Bay) and Leeds-based drummer Jack Amblin (heard recently at Billy Bootleggers in Newcastle with his Washboard Resonators' buddy Martyn Roper). 

Barnhart closed the set remarking just how few 'classic jazz' era drummers ply their trade back home in the States (Josh Duffee and Hal Smith two honourable exceptions) compared to the many dedicated practitioners in Britain (two of them, the two Nicks - Ball and Ward are participants here in Keswick). J Amblin took a bow. It was time to move on to the next, no doubt packed, venue.           
Russell

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