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Monday, June 08, 2015

Durham University Big Band @ the Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle.


(Review by Lance/photo by Dave Parker)
Woody Herman's Apple Honey got the show on the road - it was 7pm, The advertised 6pm turned out to be doors. Nobody seemed to know in advance what time the actual gig would kick off. The band didn't, the Jazz Coop members didn't and neither did the audience, the majority of whom had arrived circa 6pm! Nevertheless, Apple Honey is a guaranteed icebreaker and when DUBB hit the deck running all thoughts of lynching the Coop PR team vanished!
Being comprised of Durham Uni undergrads the personnel obviously turns over each year as players graduate or are sent down. Debra M summed it up by saying "Best catch them near the end of term".
On tonight's performance the end of term was clearly in sight as those days and nights of rehearsing their extra curricular activities (only a couple of them are actual music students) bore fruition.
After Apple Honey, the only other tried and tested warhorses were Buddy Rich's Love For Sale and Sammy Nestico's Hayburner. The rest were contemporary offerings by such as Kenny Wheeler, ex alumni Matt Sulzmann and JJ Wheeler, among others.
Main soloists were the two tenors, altoman Garel, guitarist Farley, pianist Jacobs and trumpet ace Clark who was outstanding as was Chris Jones as MD and 'bone soloist on Barcarolle although it was Naomi on baritone who, quite literally, had the last word - or rather - note! The undermiked Laura Paul fought an uphill battle to be heard over 16 men/women swinging but when her, often wordless, vocals did rise above it, it was awesome! A stratospheric range, intervals pitched perfectly and a voice that resonated with class.
Good to know the big band sound lives on today - Glenn Miller would be proud albeit somewhat bemused!
Lance,
Dan Garel, Felicity Evans (alt); Matt McKernan John Somerton (ten); Naomi Tansey (bar); Sam Clark; Noah Lawrence, Nick McLeish, Charles Price (tpts); Chris Jones, Nat Jackson, John Harper (tmbs); Matt Jacobs (keys);Ollie Farley (gtr); Luke Stuart-Smith (bs); Tristan Bacon (dms); Laura Paul (vcls).

1 comment :

Russell said...

Absolutely spot on about Laura Paul - perfectly pitched! The line-up, as listed, is 100% accurate. A cracking gig!

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