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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, November 26, 2018

CD Review: Pleasure Mad - Live recordings from Mike Durham's International Classic Jazz Party 2017

(Review by Lance)
Bebop most certainly wasn't spoken at the Classic Jazz Party 2017 (nor this year or any of the previous years either!) However, that doesn't mean that the music, despite its antiquity, isn't worth checking out. Good jazz, like good classical music, is timeless and the CJP is living proof of that.

Each year the party has (plus or minus) the same core of musicians from America, Europe, and the UK corralled into various themes by Keith Nichols and his team.

In 2017 those themes encompassed early King Oliver; Willie the Lion Smith; 1927 Ellington; Fletcher Henderson; Luis Russell; Jabbo Smith; Benny Moten; ODJB and other names that flourished between the two world wars. The most amazing thing is how authentic these live sessions sound. Using many original arrangements, including some note for note solos, the feeling is that Dizzy and Bird never happened!

Having said that, reading one of Russell's BSH reviews of the actual event I note that saxist Jean-Francois Bonnel played a set that included pieces by Ornette Coleman, Kenny Barron and Monk which aren't included on this double CD. 
Jean-Francois wasn't present the following year!

An essential purchase for anyone who attended in 2017 - or indeed in any other year since it was created in 1990 by the late Mike Durham (whose name lives on).
And, if you've never experienced a CJP, a hint at what you're missing!
Lance.

Collective personnel: 
Trumpets: Mike Davis; Andy Schumm; Duke Heitger; Jamie Brownfield; Malo Mazurié.
Trombones: Kristoffer Kompen; Graham Hughes; Jim Fryer.
Reeds: Michael McQuaid; Richard Exall; Matthias Seuffert; Claus Jacobi; Ewan Bleach; Lars Frank; Jean-Francois Bonnel.
Pianists: David Boeddinghaus; Martin Litton; Keith Nichols; Morten Gunnar Larsen.
Banjo/Guitar: Martin Wheatley; Peter Beyerer; Spats Langham; Jacob Ulberger.
Bass/Tuba: Malcolm Sked; Henry Lemaire; Phil Rutherford; Richard Pite; Elise Sut.
Drums: Josh Duffee; Nick Ball; Richard Pite.
Violin: Emma Fisk.
Vocals: Nicolle Rochelle; Joan Viskant; Spats Langham.

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