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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.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Yorkshire village takes on traditional jazz clubs at national awards

(Press release)

A West Yorkshire village will take on traditional jazz clubs for the title of ‘venue of the year’ at a national jazz awards ceremony later this year.

Marsden Jazz Festival has made it through to the final of the prestigious Parliamentary Jazz Awards in London and has been shortlisted in the venue of the year category alongside jazz clubs in Bristol, Dorking and Brighton.
The festival takes place in 25 venues in Marsden during the second weekend in October, including a 19th century Mechanics Hall, two churches and an outdoor stage on a bridge over the River Colne.

This year’s headliners include the all-female Crissy Lee Orchestra, re-imaginings of 70s and 80s pop hits with the Beverley Beirne Quintet and Mercury Prize 2019 nominees SEED Ensemble, who will bring the festival to a close at 6pm on Sunday 13th October.


Luca Manning, who has been nominated for ‘Jazz Newcomer of the Year’ at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, will also be among the dozens for artists performing free gigs in Marsden’s pubs and clubs throughout the festival weekend.

Barney Stevenson, Artistic Director at Marsden Jazz Festival, said:
“We’re delighted to be the only festival to be nominated for venue of the year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards and are keeping our fingers crossed for the ceremony in December. We already know how much the festival means to the thousands of people who come to Marsden every year to experience the unique atmosphere it brings to the village, but it’s great to get national recognition as well. We’ve got another amazing line-up planned for this year’s festival so we’d definitely encourage anyone who hasn’t been before to give it a go.”

This year’s Marsden Jazz Festival will once again feature a hugely popular street parade and battle of the bands on Saturday afternoon, family-friendly events and a ‘street food alley’ as well as over 80 gigs.

The festival takes place between Friday 11th and Sunday 13th October, and tickets are on sale now at 
www.marsdenjazzfestival.com. Half price tickets are also available for under-30s and children up to the age of 16 can see each of this year’s headliners for just £1.

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