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Craig Taborn: "Every sound you make is a choice, and it's a choice made in relation to everything happening around you" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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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.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Val Wiseman - Lady Sings The Blues @ Gala Theatre, Durham. March 27.

Val Wiseman (vcl) w. Digby Fairweather (tpt); Roy Williams (tmb); Julian Marc Stringle (ten/clt); Brian Dee (pno); Len Skeat (bs); Eric Ford (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The auditorium was near full and justifiably so. Whilst few, if any, have equaled the poignancy and emotional content of Billie Holiday in this, the centenary of Lady Day's birth, Val Wiseman came as close as possible without losing her own identity.
The many fine songs included, Ain't Nobody's Business if I doGood Morning Heartache; God Bless the Child; Fine and Mellow; Miss Brown to You; Just one of Those Things; Comes Love; Me, Myself and I; One For my Baby; What a Little Moonlight Can Do; Am I Blue? Loverman - just piano and voice - was spellbinding and a grandiose My Man captivated. 
There were others but, such was the lady's presence, it seemed almost irreverent to take notes!
In between numbers, Val gave us a potted biography of Billie which, whilst it may be familiar to the many old hands in the audience, I'm sure it also inspired other, younger fans, to find out more - both about Billie and Val.
Of course Billie Holiday was ever in the company of great musicians - Buck Clayton, Lester Young, Teddy Wilson and other greats of the swing era - and, needless to say, Val did likewise with the cream of British mainstreamers. 
Digby and Roy we've known for years and they didn't disappoint. Julian Marc Stringle I knew of but this was the first time I'd heard him play and can he play! Great sound on both tenor and clarinet - his shoulder length locks may not have been in keeping with the idiom but his 'licks' certainly were! Come to think of it I remember when Digby too had hair of similar length and Roy actually had hair (I should talk!).
The rhythm section was an object lesson in the art of swinging. Len Skeat, Eric Ford and the legendary Brian Dee combined to make this truly an unforgettable experience.
The only downside - apart from standing on the wrong platform and missing the train - was I inexplicably erased the photos when transferring from camera to PC! These included an excellent one of Val with our own nightingale Olive Rudd and a pub shot of Digby, Roy and Brian.
Sorry guys and dolls!
Lance.

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