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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

CD Review: Match & Fuse (No.3) World Service Project & ReDiViDeR

World Service Project won the 2010 Peter Whittington Jazz Award. What to do with this welcome funding? Buy some equipment? Pay for some (expensive) studio time? Tax the transit? No, nothing like that. The plan was to establish links with like-minded bands across Europe, arrange reciprocal double bill tours and record the project. WSP invited ReDiViDeR to undertake a short tour of the UK in January and the bands are soon to re-unite to play some dates in Ireland (ReDiViDeR’s homeland).
The project is ongoing and the recent release of a third limited edition CD – Match & Fuse (No.3) – documents the project to date.
ReDiViDeR, a quartet, was put together in 2007 by drummer Matt Jacobson to showcase his own compositions. The two tunes on this release – And Much and The End is the Best Part - combine rare grooves with free sections. Trombonist Colm O’Hara is prominent throughout, bassist Derek Whyte improvises with a light touch and Nick Roth (alto sax) plays with commendable restraint. Leader Jacobson has assembled a fine quartet and on the evidence of this release will appeal to a wider jazz audience. 
Dave Morecroft (keyboards) is the driving force behind World Service Project. The tunes are invariably a rollercoaster ride and the two compositions on this CD are no exception. Drummer Neil Blandford scurries a frantic shuffle on Dance of the Clown as saxophonist Tim Ower assumes control of the piece with Raph Clarkson (trombone) in comic pursuit. Clarkson excels on Villian of the Aeroplane, Ower supplies insistent fragments, Morecroft has his say and all of it is held together by Conor Chaplin’s fleet-fingered bass playing. For more information on World Service Project check out www.matchandfuse.co.uk
Russell

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