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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, September 15, 2016

CD Review: Larry Wilson – No Secrets No Lies

Larry Wilson – Drums, keyboards (various), bass guitar, vocals; Joshua Bowlus – piano, Fender Rhodes; Lawrence Buckner, Mike Perez – bass; Daniel Dickenson, Todd Delgudice, David Stewart, Jesus Rodriguez - saxophones; Ray Callendar – trumpet, flugel horn; Jeremy Sauer – guitars; Cory Wilcox, Bryant Patterson – trombones; Celeste Betton, Akia Uwanda – vocals.
(Review by Hugh).
Larry Wilson spent his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida, launching his musical career, at the age of 3, playing drums in church. After Performing Arts schooling he majored in jazz studies at the Florida State School of Music.  He has subsequently toured both in the USA and abroad and worked with many notable artists or bands in jazz and other genres (at least 28 are listed in the promotional material!).  As well as playing, Larry Wilson is both a producer and musical director and serves in Music Ministry at a church in Jacksonville (under the intriguingly named Bishop John E. Guns).

No Secrets No Lies is promoted as a blend of jazz, fusion, soul and gospel.  I would suggest that it more than adequately fulfils its Mission Statement.  The CD totals an almighty 79 minutes and has thirteen tracks, the majority of which are composed by Larry Wilson.  Other contributors include some of the names in the list of personnel above.  The music has a very likeable groove, as one might expect.  It is not pushing the boundaries of harmony or tonality – just a pleasant sound, mixing both electronic and acoustic instruments – nothing to cause offence.  There is something of the “smooth” or “lounge” jazz feel in parts, this will undoubtedly not appeal to the purist. 
Track Listing:
On the Move,  Ode to Oscar, Little Sunflower, We Found Love, You Seem Familiar, Open Sesame, The Afterglow, The Lord's Prayer, Light, Midnight Oil, Release, See You, Tuti's Jig.
The album, like so many these days, is self-released, and available at http://www.larrymwilsonmusic.com/  As far as I can assess, No Secrets No Lies may currently only be available as a digital download.

Hugh.

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