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Today Monday February 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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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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