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Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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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
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.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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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.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Durham University Big Band @ Dunelm House. June 17

(Review by Russell).
It’s our end of year big blow out announced Dan Garel. The Riverside Café in Dunelm House on New Elvet occupies an enviable site perched high above the Wear. A 1960’s piece of architecture that, if it isn’t already, should be a listed building. Making full use of its location alongside the ‘60s’ concrete span of Kingsgate Bridge, Durham Students’ Union is functional, spacious, sprawling over several levels, offering Durham’s ‘Bright Young Things’ somewhere to chill out before, during (just kidding!) and after lectures.
Classicists, mathematicians, scientists turned out in large numbers to listen to their big band student friends, of whom many are classicists, mathematicians, scientists etc. The fact that they play big band jazz to a remarkably high standard is just one of those darn irritating things to a talentless individual such as your reviewer.
The gig started on time. A set of few standards and many challenging, newer pieces, the likes of which would stretch a professional outfit, the Durham University Big Band sure did play well. The audience listened – no mean achievement given that this was a Friday night out, beer drinking crowd – as the band roared through the material. Compositions and arrangements by the likes of Julian Argüelles, Stan Sutzmann and Kenny Wheeler were handled with ease. Altoist Dan Garel led from the front. To his left, the two tenors, Messrs Matt McKernan and John Somerton, assured performers both. Up top and behind a youthful looking trumpet section. These lads could play alright! To Garel’s right, Matt Jacobs, piano, and the rhythm section boys driven along by drummer Tristan Bacon. The band is fortunate to have Bacon. When he’s gone to pastures new, DUBB will do well to find an adequate replacement.

And the vocalists, Laura and Oscar. All of Me, and more, were ‘just a kick in the head’ to Oscar. And then there was Laura. A J Dilla/Radiohead Millennial, Laura Paul is a star. A career in the sciences no doubt awaits Ms Paul. Does the young woman realise just how good a vocalist she is? The band – DUBB, as it’s known – said goodnight with a rabble-rousing Mingus blow out.

End of term, Durham will say farewell to several members of the band. If the 2016-2017 edition is as good as the current line-up, we’re in for treat. 
Russell.
Dan Garel (alto & soprano), Felicity Evans (alto), Matt McKernan (tenor), John Somerton (tenor), ? (baritone); ? (trumpet & flugelhorn), ? (trumpet & flugelhorn), ? (trumpet), Sam Clark (trumpet); ? (trombone), ? (trombone), ? (trombone), ? (trombone); Matthew Jacobs (piano), ? (guitar), ? (bass), Tristan Bacon (drums); Laura Paul (vocals), Oscar Koronka (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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