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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Friday, July 01, 2016

CD Review: Corey Kendrick Trio - Rootless

Corey Kendrick (pno); Joe Vasquez (bs); Nick Bracewell (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The CDs continue to pour through the mailbox - I know I could opt for downloads but downloads get overlooked and forgotten, unlike a CD where, as in this case, you have the artist staring at you from the artwork, daring you to comment. "Give it less than 5 stars, Bud, and you are 6 foot under!"
No such tactics needed with this one.
A piano trio playing originals interspersed with a couple of standards does it for me. Kendrick, an Iowa native now living in Detroit, has the jazz touch common to all of the great jazz pianists. The ability to take a tune on a trip to Mars whilst holding the attention of those still Earthbound. 5 stars? of course. It's sublime, a disc I'll never tire of listening to until... ...here's the rub. There are so many trios that are also doing this equally well - not better, not worse, but at the same level. I can think of a few trios in Newcastle, in London, in probably every major city in the jazz world who can compete at this level which raises the question, "Which one do I put my dosh on?" 
All of them! 
However, if you can only splash the cash out for one, listen to Alone in Michigan* - it may just sway you. it did me!
Lance.
* Currently blocked on YouTibe.

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