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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, April 09, 2014

GIJF Day One - Robert Glasper Experiment.

Robert Glasper keyboards, Derrick Hodge  bass, Mark Colenburg drums, Casey Benjamin vocoder and saxophone.
(Review by Steve H.)
Having read a review of the London Hammersmith Apollo gig  where several renowned soul singers (Laura Mvulva, Emelie Sande, Raheem DeVaughn) joined  Mr Glasper on stage, I was nervous that this gig was going to turn out to be more R&B than Jazz/Hip Hop. I need not have  worried, Sage Two provided a wonderful arena for this powerful and exciting concert.
The versatile Benjamin excelled on both Saxophone and vocoder, Hodge laid down some great bass grooves whilst drummer Colenburg drove proceedings with brutal ferocious power. Overseeing them all was the magnificent band leader Glasper who not only displayed a sense of humour musically by playing little spoofs of well known popular numbers on the keyboards but also laughed out loud and then said  ‘that was the most honest thing I have ever heard’ in response to an audience member shouting back ‘No’  to Glasper’s question about who had heard of the album Double Booked which was the album previous to Black Radio which in turn is the album prior to his latest album Black Radio 2.  This late night gig was an unabated and exhilarating joy from start to finish and the only downside was that it didn’t go on all night.
Steve H.

1 comment :

Michael Lamb said...

Thanks Lance. I think this is one of the most engaging gigs I've ever been to! The musicianship that these guys displayed was amazing in both performance and composition. The four elements on stage totally clicked. Mark Colenberg surely worked the hardest(?!) - I've never seen grooves played so fast for such a long time! Some of the hi-lights for me were the covers of Bill Withers' 'Lovely Day' and Nivarna's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' - brilliant harmonisations paired with that chilled hip-hop/ jazz fusion groove and with Casey Banjamin's smooth effected vocals.

I had only been a Robert Glasper 'YouTuber', but have now ordered his back catalogue of recordings! If the heavier hip-hop/ R&B fusion stuff isn't your thing, then check out his piano trio. A good place to start might be 'Double Booked' - it gives half a disc over to the Trio and the other half to the Experiment... best of both! (Michael Lamb)