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Today Friday January 24



Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Dean Masser Quartet @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £6.00. Masser (reeds), Dean Stockdale (piano), Ed Harrison (double bass), Gaz Hughes (drums). SOLD OUT!


Dean Masser Quartet - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:00pm. (doors 7:30pm). £TBC. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Masser (reeds), Dean Stockdale (piano), Ed Harrison (double bass), Gaz Hughes (drums).

Blues/Funk/Soul etc.

Big Joe Louis + Michael Littlefield - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 8:00pm. £12.50. Blues.

Long Tall Mama - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Trio VD @ The Cluny. February 23.

Trio VD: Chris Sharkey (guitar), Christophe de Bezenac (alto saxophone) & Chris Bussey (drums). Band of the moment Trio VD arrived in the Ouseburn Valley (a cultural hub in the city's east end) to play a set to an expectant crowd at the Cluny. All three musicians possess prodigious technique and it is this facility which enables them to perform a most demanding music, much of it at a searing pace.
The structure of each composition is memorised - itself a remarkable feat - and the lightning fast interplay is quite something to witness in a concert performance. Gateshead's Chris Sharkey was inventive throughout, developing an infinite number of patterns to which de Bezenac reciprocated in equal measure. At times it was difficult to tell apart lines and notes of guitar and horn so brilliant was the execution of ideas. Drummer Bussey, a vital element in the band, was a joy to watch as well as listen to. His playing was that of a virtuoso (it needed to be!) and demonstrated an innate musicality. A great Schmazz gig.

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