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Today Monday June 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Tenement Jazz Band - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:30pm (doors). Free (donations).

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

The Greyish Quartet @ The Cluny. April 30, 2013

David Austin Grey (keyboards), Chris Young (alto saxophone), Nick Jurd (double bass & electric bass) & James Bashford (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Schmazz, promoters of original music, having formally merged with Jazz North East, showed a renewed enthusiasm for all things new (original composition, the emerging musician, the ‘new’ jazz) with the booking of the Greyish Quartet. The band, led by pianist David Austin Grey, flourished in the hot house environs of the Birmingham Conservatoire and a debut CD - The Dark Red Room - showed great promise, so a gig on Tyneside was long overdue.
Grey writes the tunes and plays with an elegance recalling Dave Brubeck or perhaps John Lewis. The pianist’s declared influences range from Wynton Kelly to Chick Corea to Kenny Kirkland. Grey’s compositions tend to have great titles - Why So Negative? (a photography reference), A Crowd of Lonely People (a new composition, written on the road), Resolution, Celestial Kestrel - and in performance at the Cluny they were great vehicles for the band to improvise upon. The quartet worked well as a unit and the band leader offered generous solo space to altoist Chris Young. Young by name and Young in years, note the name as he is sure to be heard again - a real talent. Grey’s solo spots revealed a cast iron technique, rattling good piano (retro Fender Rhodes!), a rich blues seam was there to be mined and a shuttle full of the baroque and ‘new music’ references were at his finger tips. The bass and drums team - bassist Nick Jurd and drummer James Bashford - were up there with the best of the new generation of jazz players. Jurd’s precise articulation and swing feel (a rare combination) marks him out as a serious contender and Bashford made it look easy and of course, it ain’t! Four excellent musicians, one excellent band, you will be hearing more from the Greyish Quartet. Check them out.  
Russell                 

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