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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, June 10, 2015

2GB Flash Drive review: Peter Sparacino - The Straphanger's Playlist

Peter Sparacino (saxes); Jay Jennings (tpt/flug); Aki Ishiguro (gtr); Isamu McGregor (keys); Panagiotis Andreou (bs); Mauricio Zotarelli (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Let me first explain the technology and the reasoning behind this new format - better still, maybe someone can explain it to me!
By and large, this is the latest innovation that began with the cylinder and moved through shellac, vinyl, cassette, CD, mini disc and MP3 to this - the Flash Drive!
The idea, as I grasp it is, you stick the drive into a USB port, save it, then use the Flash Drive for other purposes like storing images of your grannies funeral or your best mates wedding - whatever.
The claim is that the reproduction is far superior to that of CD and I must confess that even on my lo-fi PC speakers it sounds good. Whether it will be commercially viable we shall have to wait and see. 
However, of more concern to me is the music which would sound good even if it was on old scratchy 78s.
Think Loose Tubes, Beats and Pieces, Snarky Puppy - there is that sort of looseness about it - indeed Jay Jennings includes Snarky Puppy on his CV.
It's a sextet - don't be fooled into thinking it's a much larger ensemble Sparacino cheats (sorry overdubs) all 5 sax parts. There's also string passages that come from who knows where but are, nevertheless most effective.
As a sax player - he plays sop/alt/ten/bari - Sparacino is a contender. Likewise Jennings who brings that Snarky feel into his solos. Ishiguro plucks and pedals as the piece demands being either cool and laid back or hitting the rock face full on. Isamu McGregor, Panagiotis Andreou and Mauricio Zotarelli are contemporary solid which means they are not solid but perfect for the grooves that emerge.
The music will live - not sure about the format!
Lance

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