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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.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CD Review: Casey Golden Trio - Outliers

Casey Golden (pno); Bill Williams (bs); Ed Rodrigues (dms/perc).
(Review by Lance).
Contemporary trio of young Australian musicians based in Sydney playing original pieces composed by Golden. The pianist began studying classical piano at the age of 5 and much of that early knowledge seems to have stayed with him even though by the time he was 17 he'd won a BBM (Big Brother Movement Youth Support) Award enabling him to study in London with various jazz musicians. This was in 2005 and his teachers included John Taylor, Kit Downes and Gwilym Simcock.

On his return to Sydney, he completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz piano, and a Bachelor of Arts, both degrees earned with Distinction, from the University of New South Wales.
Outliers is Golden's second album and his first with the current trio. The themes are interesting, often with repetitive motifs reminiscent of EST and other contemporary piano icons. His playing is angular and agile, rarely choosing the linear, rich, chordal patterns of his predecessors - if Bach had been the jazzman they said he would have been had he been born 250 years later (in New York) then he may well have played like this. What is sure is that if  Golden and JS "Mighty" B had met up in a Sydney Bar they would have commandeered the old upright in the corner and traded choruses - each learning from the other!
Not that this is a one man show - no Master/Serfs set up here. Each musician has his own distinctive voice frequently moving in different directions but never divergent enough to jar the senses or to detract from the overall mood. Rodrigues complements Golden's extravagances by either laying back or exploding as the composition demands. Williams, as sound as a middle order Aussie batsman, ensures there will be no follow on although, from a musical point of view, we hope there will be in the form of another recording!
Released January 20.
Lance.
PS: The fantastic cover art - and I use the word advisedly - is by Ron Frenz (Marvel/DC Comics).

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