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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.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

CD Review: Arild Andersen / Tommy Smith and The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - Celebration (ECM 279 0947)


(Review by Wes)
I've been spending a bit of time listening to the Arild Andersen ECM 40th anniversary Celebration album recently and it’s not hard to recognize that you are listening to musicians of an exceptionally high standard playing at the top of their game.
I don’t think I know anybody interested in Jazz music that doesn’t enjoy the thrill of a big band and would almost surely agree that the live setting is really where it’s at, in all the swinging, screaming, glory and splendour.
So appropriately, the six-track album arranged by Norwegian Double Bassist Arild Andersen for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra under the Direction of Tommy Smith is a live recording from October 2010 at Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
What begins as a fairly standard big band record with Dave Holland's May Dance very quickly snakes, twists and turns and really explores the dynamism of Jazz forms to climax with Andersen's own divine composition Independency and a sterling rendition of Keith Jarrett's My Song. The music is quite simply a joy and delight but what is really stunning is this big bands ability to create an intimacy and delicacy that you can feel between the compositions, the music, the players and the audience.
A fabulous album for those new to ECM or long time followers.
Wesley Stephenson

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