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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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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CD Review: Kenny Wheeler - Songs For Quintet

Kenny Wheeler (flug); Stan Sulzmann (ten); John Parricelli (gtr); Chris Laurence (bs); Martin France (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I think this is going to be my CD of the month. Not just because it was Kenny Wheeler's final recording and he deserves to have this minor accolade amongst the many major ones he achieved in his lifetime. Truth is he would have probably got the nod had this been his first recording, a lot of years ago, when he came over from Toronto and added both his trumpet and his pen to the Dankworth band.

Nor is it because of Sulzmann's fine tenor playing or his son's past association with Durham Uni Big Band. It isn't even the title of track 8 - A Pretty Liddle Waltz! As I never met Kenny I wouldn't be presumptuous enough to think I inspired the name of the tune - but I can dream can't I? (Now there's a song title for you!)
No, the down to earth honest truth is that this is as good as anything that came out of the Abbey Road Studios and fortunately, the frail in body if not in spirit or mind flugel horn player didn't have to do a photo shoot on a zebra crossing.
Wheeler brings a charismatic feel to his playing that evokes the spirit of some of Miles' classic moments. Reflective, introspective, it's as if he's saying "I'm an old man, I can't run a four minute mile, but with age comes wisdom and wisdom is something to be cherished, to be used and applied." Wheeler applies that sagacity here choosing The note, The phrase, The mood and, in Sulzmann, he has the soulmate to make this happen on this recording (December 2013). Parricelli's sensitive guitar gives the mix something that maybe even an ace keyboard player wouldn't have managed. It's that kind of disc - provocative but in a very mellow way.
A fitting memory of one of the greats.
Now available on ECM 470 4653.
Lance (Liddle).

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