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Today Thursday April 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival Launch - Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Featuring Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston.

JR Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student). Line-up: James Romaine (alto sax); Asaph Tal (double bass); Kai Chareunsy (drums). Birmingham Conservatoire student trio. Gig replaces Francis Tulip Quintet (to be rescheduled).

Archipelago + Paul Taylor - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 7:45pm. £8.00. (£6.00. concs). JNE.

Anth Purdy - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Joseph Carville Trio - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:00pm. Free. Carville (piano), Allan Peat (double bass), Mark Rayner (drums).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

CD Review: Mike Wofford - It's Personal.

Mike Wofford (solo piano).
(Review by Lance)
It's Personal is an apt title for a solo piano album. No bass player to lean on, no drummer to help you swing, no guitarist to share the harmonic load. No, there's nobody but yourself or rather, in this case, Texas born Mike Wofford.
Wofford relocated to LA in the 1960s where he worked with Chet Baker, June Christy, Art Pepper and many other of the leading West Coasters. Later he became MD for Ella Fitzgerald.
That this was a worthwhile apprenticeship is proven here where he adds to the personal touch by selecting some of his favourite jazz pieces, four originals and a couple of songbook standards.
The originals comprise It's Personal (inspired by his wife; Cole Porter (his favourite songwriter); Spin (displaying his rhythmic ingenuity) and Hines Catch-up (a tribute to Earl Hines). Other numbers include Ellington/Strayhorn's The Eighth Veil - a languid piece that conjures up evocative images inspired by the title; Johnny Carisi's Springsville; Dizzy's I Waited For You; Nica's Tempo by Gigi Gryce and Candle by guitar guru Larry Koonse. His influences are many and include Sonny Clark, Al Haig and Bill Evans.
It's an enjoyable solo excursion encompassing many moods. Hines Catch-up is particularly interesting being, in essence, an update on the first modern jazz pianist - Earl Hines.
It's Personal is one of those albums that immediately claim exclusive rights to the CD machine.
As Downbeat wrote of Wofford, "One of the outstanding pianists of our time."
Once more Capri Records have come up with the goods.
Mike Wofford - It's Personal was released June 18.
Lance.

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