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Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 07, 2015

CD Review: Durham University Big Band – overDUBB

(Review by Russell)
A collector’s item. This line-up is unlikely to be heard ever again on CD or any other format. A band comprising classicists, scientists and other disciplines, these guys will,   in a year or two, go their separate ways (some graduated this year, they’re out of here)     establishing careers here in Britain and across the globe. University bands come and go. The Durham University Big Band of 2015 vintage is one of the very best.
Tristan Bacon, the band’s president, Charles Price, band manager and MD Chris Jones should be congratulated on documenting the array of talent heard on overDUBB. It is a band with an enviable track record – winning awards at the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival has become routine! – and the eight selections on this CD are a mixture of  the standard big band repertoire and the new. The Oscar-winning film Whiplash hit British cinema screens in time to have a winning impact on the band, so it’s great that the then-tune-of-the-moment Overture (Whiplash) makes the cut. Drummer Tristan Bacon sets a tempo and Matthew Jacobs (keyboards) and Matt McKernan (tenor) contribute bang-on solos. The band’s alto man Dan Garel composed and arranged Of Wood and Water. The aforementioned Bacon and Jacobs are heard to good effect, as is Sam Clark (trumpet).
Star vocalist Laura Paul sings on Do Better. Star vocalist? You bet! Heard live, Ms Paul projects flawless vocals a la Norma Winstone, a neo-soul/hip hop approach of which the great Soweto Kinch would no doubt approve. From the hip to the hip…Sammy Nestico. Hayburner presents the band, the full ensemble. Sections at work, Basie-ites should have few complaints. The awards in the band’s trophy cabinet include the Durham Distillery Composition Prize 2014 for JJ Wheeler’s Homage. Contemporary, sprawling, sketching across a big band canvas, Dan Garel’s alto solo the focal point, award-winning guitarist Ollie Farley takes it home. To be listened to again, and again.
The soulful Laura Paul comes in after Farley’s chorded intro to Mind, a Hoochie Coochie girl if ever there was one. J Dilla’s Fall in Love keeps the vibe going and keeps Ms Paul on the stand. Garel features once more as the band changes tempo at will, ne’er a hip-hop beat dropped. Scott Chapman’s Barcarolle closes the album. Brass and reeds excel (Chris Jones, trombone), Bacon’s drumming holds it all together, McKernan’s tenor blows again and a final trumpet salvo from Sam Clark stills the orchestra.
Durham University Big Band – overDubb is a Jazz Plus Productions release available by contacting the band. www.uni.bigband@durham.ac.uk The quality of the recording is of a very high standard. overDUBB is highly recommended. Hearing the band live (check Bebop Spoken Here’s listings) cannot fail to impress. Go hear them!
Russell.
Durham University Big Band: Daniel Garel (alto saxophone), Felicity Evans (alto saxophone), Matt McKernan (tenor saxophone), John Somerton (tenor saxophone), Naomi Tansey (baritone saxophone), Noah Lawrence (trumpet), Sam Clark (trumpet), Rasmus Borowski (trumpet), Charles Price (trumpet), Nathaniel Jackson (trombone), Chris Jones (trombone), Joshua Harper (trombone), Luke Bentley (trombone), Matthew Jacobs (keyboards), Ollie Farley (guitar), Jonathan Berry (bass), Tristan Bacon (drums) & Laura Paul (vocals)               

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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