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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Splinter - Corner House, Heaton.

Noel Dennis, Graham Hardy (tpt/flg), Chris Hibbard (tmb), Graeme Wilson (ten/sop), Paul Edis (pno), Mark Williams (gtr), Ken Marley (bs), Adrian Tilbrook (dms), John Warren (composer/arranger.)
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What is there to say that hasn't already been said about this octet that thinks it's an orchestra?
Well firstly, it is an orchestra. Thanks to the arranging skills of John Warren (pictured with Adrian Tilbrook) and, on a number dedicated to Bill Evans, Paul Edis, the 8 men all punch above their weight to create a sound that belies their number. Secondly, it seems that every time I hear the soloists they have grown in musical stature making each piece a journey of adventure. The listener doesn't know where that journey will end only that whatever awkward fingering patterns, harmonic directions or sudden changes of tempo they encounter, the musicians will overcome and emerge triumphant.
I'm not going to single any one player out - they all performed brilliantly.
On Sunday, most of the musicians become part of the VOTNJO at the Sunderland Big Band Festival. For this gig, trumpet player Steve Waterman is featured in Issie Barratt's amazing "Effency" as well as more of John Warren's work. Look forward to an evening and a half - miss it and suffer the pangs of eternal regret!
Lance
PS: Although I said I wasn't going to single anyone out I must, nevertheless, compliment bass player Ken Marley who, stepping in at relatively short notice, did a superb job.

1 comment :

russell said...

Hi Lance

In full agreement in complimenting Ken Marley.

Great arrangements.The '' free ''
sounding tune called '' Krack '' worked well and the finale '' Lopsided '' is a good one.

Russell