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Lionel Loueke: "A mistake is just for the moment - make it the best mistake it can be, and that's it" - (JazzTimes, April 2019).

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Today Thursday April 25

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Merry Monk, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 12:30pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea NE64 6DB. Tel: 01670 811951. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. concs., £30.00. family). Performance inc Poppy (music composed by Jason Holcomb).

Julija Jaceniate Trio Black Swan, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00. concs). Jacenaite (vocals), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass).

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 8:00pm. Free.

Paul Donnelly Quartet - 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.

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

Friday, June 08, 2018

DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival: DU Jazz Soc Septet - June 3

Dan Garel (alto sax); Zach Fox (tenor sax); Michael Williams (trumpet); Patrick Morris  (trombone); Tom Burgess (guitar); Harry Lewendon-Evans (bass);  Will Elias (drums)
(Review by Russell). 
Listening to the Du Jazz Soc Septet in Empty Shop the thought occurred that the Durham student jazz scene boasts many talented musicians. Some are music students, others are science boffins, the common denominator is their love of jazz. The 2017-18 student big band is as good as you’re likely to find and at jam sessions, you’ll hear some cracking soloists. This Empty Shop gig held particular significance in that it was the venue’s final event before closure. Empty Shop’s supremo Carlo assured one and all that Empty Shop MKII will re-emerge, in some form, in due course.
Alto saxophonist Dan Garel (soon-to-graduate student musician, jam session organiser, key DJazz figure) handled the announcements and counted the band in as and when required. Garel informed the packed room that Duke Pearson would form a major part of the one hour set, a set drawn from the bop era with a nod to the present day. Charles McPherson’s Primal Urge opened the show and right from the off the septet fired on all cylinders. The evening’s principal soloists – Garel, trumpeter Michael Williams and Zach Fox playing tenor – stepped up to the plate, blowing up the proverbial.

Duke Pearson’s Make It Good (Williams on flugelhorn), Horace Silver’s Silver Serenade (Garel first killing solo, Fox fearless in reply), then American alto saxophonist David Binney supplying a touch of the contemporary (that’s four terrific alto players associated with this year’s DJazz weekend … headliner Soweto Kinch and Dan Garel in person, McPherson and Binney in spirit). More Pearson; My Love Waits given a bossa treatment with more of Williams’ flugelhorn, followed by Pearson’s slow blues Scrap Iron featuring a steaming tenor solo by Fox, guitarist Tom Burgess piping up, and a fine solo from big band trombonist Patrick Morris.

Empty Shop was about to close its doors for the last time but not before Garel blew the roof off (not for the first time!) on Horace Silver and Fox doing likewise on a Duke Pearson closer. And that was that. Empty Shop shutting up shop, DJazz entering the final straight, it had been quite a weekend. Russell.

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