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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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

CD Review - Louis Durra Trio: Rocket Science

Louis Durra (pno); Ryan McGillicuddy or Larry Steen (2 tracks) Bs); Jerry Kalaf (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Unlike most piano trio CDs reviewed recently Durra doesn't indulge in angular flights of fancy preferring instead to plough a broad linear path through some fertile sixties pop songs.
Durra had been on the California jazz scene for some 30 years before his career took a sudden upwards turn. A residency in a Los Angeles bar-restaurant allowed him to develop his own take on the traditional trio format incorporating songs by Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and Radiohead alongside original compositions as well as, of course, the Gasbook.
His début album, The Best of All Possible Worlds became an overnight success on College Radio and ultimately led to international tours that twice took in Edinburgh's Jazz Bar where The Scotsman described him as "...a master of destruction and reinvention" - praise indeed (I think!)
Titles on this CD include Back in the USSR and In My Life (Lennon/McCartney; Living For The City (Stevie Wonder); One Love (Bob Marley); Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (KT Tunstall).
Drums don't swing but I realise they weren't intended to do. They do, however, provide a an important voice as of course does the bass player(s).
This isn't a CD that knocks you out at first listening but, gradually, it creeps up on you and probably will get played more often than those that hit you with a bang and then, over time, become a whimper!
Louis Durra: Rocket Science. CD1201 - Listen.
Lance.

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