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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.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Book review: Peter Jones: This is Hip - The Life of Mark Murphy.

(Although I reviewed This is Hip back in March, when Frank Griffith sent me his take on Peter Jones' portrayal of the late, charismatic, vocalist I decided to post it anyway on the grounds that anything that helps to keep Mark Murphy's memory alive is worth doing - Lance) 
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The iconic and innovative jazz vocalist Mark Murphy’s life is documented excellently by writer (and jazz vocalist) Peter Jones in “This is Hip”. The reader really gets to know Murphy as an individual and musician in this well-researched and poignant portrayal of a unique artist. 

Murphy recorded around 50 albums during his long and varied career commencing in the late 1950s and continuing until 2013 before his passing in 2015, aged 83. His recordings included every imaginable setting - European radio orchestras, top NYC session players, Jazz Haiku based on the writings of Jack Kerouac and Brazilian repertoire to name a few.
A musical polymath for sure, Murphy possessed a strikingly engaging baritone voice that warmed to the ear yet had a subtle edge to it that commanded the listener’s attention.
Peter Jones has not only set his material in context but also writes insightfully about the music itself. A difficult balancing act as it can be enjoyed not only by a core audience of dedicated admirers but also by the general reader.
To sum up, a stunning treatise on Murphy’s life which is an “all one needs to know” on a jazz rebel and revolutionary. With a biography of this quality which is honest and carefully researched, perhaps Mark Murphy will attain the wider audience that sadly eluded him when he was alive.

Frank Griffith

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