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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, June 07, 2018

CD Review: Pete Lee - The Velvet Rage.

Pete Lee (piano/Rhodes/synth); Josh Arcoleo (sax); Alex Munk (guitar); Huw Foster (bass); Ali Thynne (drums) + The Amika Strings = Laura Senior (violin 1); Rich Jones (violin 2 & jazz); Lucy Nolan (viola); Peggy Nolan (cello). 
Simmy Singh (violin on Stavanger).
(Review by Lance).
A graduate of Leeds College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music  (2012), Lee, on the strength of this, his debut album, must have been an attentive student judging by the seven original compositions composed and arranged by himself. Add his virtuosic piano playing and you have a very well rounded musician.
When talking fusion we usually think jazz/rock or jazz/classical. Lee's fusion goes further incorporating jazz, rock, pop, folk and, with the integration of the Amika Strings, the classical influence isn't left out. In fact, it is as much the writing for the strings as it is for the jazz solos, which are first class, that helps it to stand out from the crowd. As befits anything depicted as fusion, whether music or whatever, all the elements should merge as seamlessly as they do here depicting both the velvet and the rage.
Lee chose the title after reading the seminal book The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World by Alan Downs. Something he could relate to and be able to express in musical form.
An album that gets better with each subsequent playing enabling the listener to unravel the complexities and subtle nuances as one might do with Shostakovich or Stravinsky on a greater (or lesser!) scale.
Lance. 
Pete Lee - The Velvet Rage: release date June 29. Album launch concert at Pizza Express, Holborn on July 16.

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