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Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

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 Tuesday July 17

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Glenholme Park, New Road, Crook DL15 8LN. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Brass Band - Lanchester, Co. Durham DH7. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Hokum Hotshots - Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, South Harbour, Blyth NE24 3PB. 7:00pm. £10.00.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 11, 2014

CD Review: Conscious Journey Part 1 & Part 2 - Kenny Lavender

(Review by Lance).
At the end of his 1950's recording of Prologue Stan Kenton proclaimed, "This is an orchestra!".
Kenny Lavender could well have done the same here on this double CD for this is indeed an orchestra comparable with any of the big bands of the past 60 years.
At times the brass do have a suggestion of Kenton and the reeds an occasional nod to Woody but, by and large, this is very much a contemporary outfit reminiscent of, say, Jones/Lewis or Rob McConnell or maybe Bob Florence.
Lavender is an outstanding trumpet player capable of playing a sensitive ballad as well as throwing in a few screamers! The fact that he worked with Jon Faddis whilst still at school speaks much for the perception of both men. (Faddis can be heard at Gala Theatre, Durham this coming Tuesday July 15).
Apart from his playing, Lavender also ticks the boxes as a vocalist (think Harry Connick Jr. Seth McFarlane or Curtis Stigers.) He also composed 8 of the pieces and arranged the other 3.
Not that this is a one man show - far from it! All the reeds have solos including Bacher who plays New Orleans style clarinet in Down in NOLA - a track where the whole band stomps along with a modern Crescent City sound.
About Conscious Journey Part 1 & 2, Lavender says, "These tunes represent different stages in my personal growth, from falling in love with my wife to dealing with addiction and a lot in between."
Like a lot of good music...
Definitely one for the short list but don't play it in the car - you're likely to miss your turning!
Officially released on July 24 - YouTube trailer.
Lance.
Kenny Lavender (tpt/flg/vcl); John Chudoba, Bob Milikan, Brian Pareschi, Scott Wendholt (tpt); Nathan Mayland, Alan Ferber, Michael Boscarino, Joe Barati (tmb); Nathan Childers, Aljandro Aviles, Jason Rigby, Kurt Bacher, Frank Basile (reeds); Rick Germanson (pno); Phil Palombi (bs); Andy Watson (dms).

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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