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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.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

CD Review: Burak Bedikyan - New Beginning

Burak Bedikyan (piano); Jay Anderson (bass); Adam Nussbaum (drums).
(Review by Lance).

It's five years since I reviewed Burak Bedikyan's Circle of Life. I was impressed by the young (35 is young to me) Turkish pianist. Since then, he's moved to New York, picked up a couple of A-list sidemen and produced an album of impressive originals plus one standard - Stella By Starlight (every jazzman must have a recording of Stella on his CV, it's a rite of passage!) Bedikyan, however, gives the lady a workout in 3/4 time. Needless to say, he does her proud as he does the originals.

The originals rubber stamp the man as a composer albeit not without several references to other tunes during his solos - don't they all! Anderson and Nussbaum are with him all the way and both are excellent soloists in their own right. 

If you like a piano trio that nestles comfortably in between say, Garner, Peterson and EST then, this is for you. And, when, finally, the roll is called up yonder over there, the Burak Bedikyan Trio will be in there as contenders vying for a seat at the right hand of Art Tatum.
Love it.
Lance.
Available on Steeplechase.

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