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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, May 14, 2014

CD Review: Lee Konitz; Dan Tepfer; Michael Janisch; Jeff Williams - First Meeting Live in London Vol. 1.

Lee Konitz (alto/soprano); Dan Tepfer (piano); Michael Janisch (bass); Jeff Williams (drums).
(Review by Lance).
I've heard Lee Konitz live on three occasions: Newcastle City Hall on Sept. 12, 1958, Corner House, Whitley Bay, on Dec. 22, 1975 and Pizza Express, Soho, May 19, 2010. My original review of this latter concert can be read here and, four years on, my thoughts are pretty similar to what they were then albeit with more understanding, having now a greater knowledge of the circumstances (it really was a "First Meeting" for all four musicians as a quartet). No rehearsal plan, or preconceived notion of the music's end result. Under Mr. Konitz's instruction, anyone on the bandstand could simply start playing a melody, and the rest of the band could follow. Or not. Thus, on Body and Soul it's Konitz (soprano) and Tepfer whilst on All the Things You Are Tepfer drops out leaving Konitz (alto) to blow with the other two. The final Outro has Kontiz blowing alto with only drummer Williams for support.
Apart from Konitz, Tepfer and Williams are outstanding and Janisch, on whose Whirlwind label the album is being released, is his usual inventive tower of strength.
At times the playing is quite free (Volume 2 when it emerges is reported to contain the more freer stuff.)
Konitz was 82 when these recordings were made and it's a testament to his timeless thinking that resting on his laurels wasn't an option - but then it never was!
First Meeting - Live in London Volume 1 will be released by Whirlwind (WR 4638) on June 10.
Lance.

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