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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.

Monday, June 11, 2018

CD Review: David Ferris Septet - Alphabets.

David Ferris (piano/comp/arr); Hugh Pascall (trumpet); Richard Foote (trombone); Chris Young (alto/soprano); Vittorio Mura (tenor/baritone); Nick Jurd ((bass); Euan Palmer (drums) + guest vocalist - Maria Väli.
(Review by Lance).
Poetry and jazz have never been my idea of compatible bedfellows. In fact poetry, with or without anything, has rarely been my preferred reading/listening. This may have been due to being blitzed with Shakespeare during my misspent schooldays.
However, since then, Cleo Laine gave Shakespeare a reprieve with the release of her album Shakespeare and all that Jazz and I subsequently read The Complete Works over a relatively short period of time. I also met up with Dr Keith Armstrong, an internationally renowned, locally based, poet who, over the years, has kindly provided BSH with the occasional jazz-based poem and, in the process, caused me to soften my feelings.
Confronted with Birmingham based David Ferris’ debut album, my old suspicions re-emerged and I procrastinated. 
However, I eventually succumbed. First, though, rather than dive in head first, I read the poems without any musical distractions – thank you Google you’ve saved me a lot of time scouring the shelves of our local library.
The wordsmiths are, Ted Hughes; Seamus Heaney; WB Yeats and WH Auden. In truth, I couldn’t claim they made total sense to me but most of the words did have a certain abstract beauty about them and I would have liked them to have been included in the notes, enabling me to maybe, just maybe, get the message.
As it turned out, such was the compatibility of music, words and voice that any misgivings were soon swept away along with the need for the written word.
Estonian born Maria Väli’s voice brings understanding to the words that the printed text failed to do (for me that is) and the compositions and arrangements of Ferris lift the whole to a higher plane. And, as if this wasn’t enough, the solos by the horns let you know in no uncertain terms that this is a Jazz album (I capitalised the J intentionally).
The opening instrumental, Chorale, lays down the direction we’re heading in. It’s lush, it’s violent, and it’s tranquil with perhaps a hint of Mike Westbrook in the ensemble writing. Hear it as you will and, hopefully, like me, come the final track, see jazz and poetry, as envisaged by David Ferris, as the new fusion.
Lance.
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The poems:
Crow Hill - Ted Hughes.
Song - Seamus Heaney.
Alphabets - Seamus Heaney.
The Hawk - WB Yeats.
The Willow Wren and the Stare - WH Auden.
Instrumentals:
Chorale.
Fred.
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