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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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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Better than Paracetamol - two great albums

It's Tuesday, the jam is on, but it's not my good news day. I woke up this morning, yes I woke up this morning and my nostrils were a flood, seems like I caught a cold, yes, I got it bad and that ain't good.

So, not wishing to spread the germs around, what could I do but cuddle up to the CD player and ease my troubled mind?

This also seemed to be the ideal moment to dispose of a couple more of the Dreyfus albums - there's still 3 more to go after this. I'm not going to include any of the 14 CDs/LPs in my 'Discs of the Year' listings - how could I? They're simply unbeatable.

Milestones includes seven Birth of the Cool tracks, a couple with Bird on tenor, live tracks of Miles in Birdland with Stan Getz and Art Blakey, and three with James Moody at the 1949 Paris Jazz Festival. These were the Hot Fives of their day and still sound good.

I've Got You Under My Skin is Sinatra at his finest and, if you're a Frankophile, you will already have these tracks. If you haven't then your stature in society will be questioned. A hefty chunk of the 20 titles are from Songs for Swinging Lovers - the greatest vocal album of all-time - the others are from the same period. I refer to that glorious era when Sinatra had moved on from his early croony years but had yet to become the somewhat bland Las Vegas hotshot. Those mid to late '50s recordings set a benchmark that has yet to be surpassed - it probably never will although they did say that about the 4-minute mile.

So, although I'm missing the jam (and the ale) Miles and Frank are helping to alleviate the pain.
Lance

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