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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, October 04, 2018

CD Review: Sam Leak and Dan Tepfer – Adrift (Suite for 2 Pianos)

Sam Leak, Dan Tepfer (pianos)
(Review by Hugh C)
Sam Leak is based in London and Dan Tepfer in New York City.  The two came together for the 2014 Steinway Piano Festival in London, for which Leak was asked to write a suite for the duo to play and improvise around. 
Adrift is the result, crafted in eight parts (Adrift: I to VIII), and presented on this CD back to back (although with individual track numbers).  The CD was recorded at the Yamaha Showroom in Manhattan, NY.  The quality of the pianism is beyond doubt and the tone exquisite. Though stated to be part through-composed and part open to improvisation, it is sometimes difficult to tell where one begins and the other ends. 
Whether the outcome is two guys having fun in a piano shop or an exemplar of high art is open to question.  The answer is, probably both!  It certainly makes an interesting and rewarding listen.  The CD is shorter even than most 33rpm vinyl, at 29 minutes and 1 second, precisely.  Whether this comparative brevity is reflected in the price remains to be seen!
Hugh C.
Adrift is released on Jellymould Jazz on 2 November 2018.

Further details and information regarding Sam Leak Trio “Adrift” tour here.

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