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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.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

CD Review: Pete Lee - The Velvet Rage.

Pete Lee (piano/Rhodes/synth); Josh Arcoleo (sax); Alex Munk (guitar); Huw Foster (bass); Ali Thynne (drums) + The Amika Strings = Laura Senior (violin 1); Rich Jones (violin 2 & jazz); Lucy Nolan (viola); Peggy Nolan (cello). 
Simmy Singh (violin on Stavanger).
(Review by Lance).
A graduate of Leeds College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music  (2012), Lee, on the strength of this, his debut album, must have been an attentive student judging by the seven original compositions composed and arranged by himself. Add his virtuosic piano playing and you have a very well rounded musician.
When talking fusion we usually think jazz/rock or jazz/classical. Lee's fusion goes further incorporating jazz, rock, pop, folk and, with the integration of the Amika Strings, the classical influence isn't left out. In fact, it is as much the writing for the strings as it is for the jazz solos, which are first class, that helps it to stand out from the crowd. As befits anything depicted as fusion, whether music or whatever, all the elements should merge as seamlessly as they do here depicting both the velvet and the rage.
Lee chose the title after reading the seminal book The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World by Alan Downs. Something he could relate to and be able to express in musical form.
An album that gets better with each subsequent playing enabling the listener to unravel the complexities and subtle nuances as one might do with Shostakovich or Stravinsky on a greater (or lesser!) scale.
Lance. 
Pete Lee - The Velvet Rage: release date June 29. Album launch concert at Pizza Express, Holborn on July 16.

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