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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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Thursday, September 27, 2018

CD Review: Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion - Because We're Night People

Petra van Nuis (vocals); Dennis Luxion (piano).
(Review by Lance).
Amid the hocus-pocus of the many CDs now being marketed as jazz, this album, recorded live at Chicago's PianoForte, is refreshingly sans hocus or pocus. What it does have is focus - focus on a good tune, a good lyric and, an interpretation by two of Chi's finest on some choice material.

I've known of Petra since I raved over a previous album with guitarist and hubby, Andy Brown and this is of the same high standard - like is 11 out of 10 high enough?
Duo albums and gigs seem to have become more and more prevalent these days. Usually, it's for economic reasons. Fortunately, at other times, and this is just such an occasion, it's the artists' desire to create something intimate, personal without the intrusions of drums, basses or horns.
Or guitars!

Just as Petra and Andy gelled on her earlier album so does the sensuous sounding vocalist do here with Dennis Luxion.
Almost every duo album these days acknowledges the inspiration of Ellis Larkins, who, on record with either Ella or Ruby Braff, more or less etched the ground rules in vinyl.
Petra and Dennis follow the code. If it ain't broke... 

It's been a great year for vocalists, Petra ranks alongside the best of them, and anyone looking for a sympathetic accompanist such as Dennis need only contact the Chicago Local 10-208.
The material is what we now expect from Petra: the known, the not so well known and the delightful surprises: 

Street of Dreams; Night People; The Piano Player (A thousand and one saloons); Moonlight Saving Time: You and the Night and the Music; While my Lover Sleeps; Small Day Tomorrow; Dreamsville: No Moon at All; The Night We Called it a Day; Shadows of Paris; Black Coffee; Count Your Blessings.

The music is fantastic, yet the applause is quite low-key. If I'd been present I'd have been a-whoopin' an' a-hollerin'. Petra tells me that our Patti D was present and, PD, not averse to doing a little vociferous applauding herself, makes me wonder if the audience had been asked to show some restraint?
Whatever, once you've got the music on the player I think your response can be accurately forecast - start a-whoopin'!
Lance.

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