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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.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

CD Review: Pericopes + 1 - Legacy.

Emiliano Vernizzi (tenor); Alessandro Sgobbio (piano/Rhodes); Nick Wight (drums).
(Review by Lance).
In the beginning, Vernizzi and Sgobbio were a duo (Pericopes) who begat three albums winning the Italian TopJazz award, Padova Carrarese Prize and the Umbria Jazz Contest before meeting and collaborating with the American drummer, Wight, and thus becoming Pericopes + 1. They've played many festivals worldwide including a JNE supported concourse gig at the 2016 GIJF. This globetrotting experience gave them the opportunity to 'road test' the material before booking studio time.


It's compelling, at times gripping, material written, in the main, by Sgobbio although Emi chips in with a couple and Nick also has a hand in one of his own. 
Not a disc to play whilst you're washing the dishes or preparing a Pasta Bake; full attention is demanded there being so much going on. It's like one of those paintings where, at first glance, you think the artist, blindfolded, has applied the paint with a multi-barrelled spray gun yet, upon closer inspection, you find pattern and meaning and lo and behold it wins the Turner Prize!
This is a bit like that although not all of it. November Tears is a sound portrait of beauty and sadness. The emotion from the trio, and Emi in particular, almost had me retitling it September Tears! Red Sand Town is almost unbearable in the tension it creates then, just when you think you're heading for a cardiac arrest, it brings you down and by the track end your pulse rate is back to normal.
It's that sort of album. Contrast and cacophony (of the nicest sort!) One to digest without distraction.
Legacy's aim is to pay respect to the iconoclastic artists who bravely followed their creative vision in light of extreme uncertainty. It's up to the listener's imagination to connect the pieces.
Intriguing.
Lance.
PS: Does anyone have any memories of their Gateshead gig?
Legacy is now available in Italy but not until February 2018 in the rest of the world although I think that can be circumnavigated by going to Pericopes website and having a listen too.

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