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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.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

CD Review: Deborah Shulman - The Shakespeare Project

Debrah Shulman (vocals); Jeff Colella (piano); Larry Koonse (guitar); Abraham Laboriel/Chris Colangelo (bass); Bob Sheppard (reeds); Bob McChesney (trombone); Kendall Kay/ Joe LaBarbera (drums).
(Review by Lance)

Shakespeare has long provided inspiration for jazz musicians and filmmakers. The latter, in the film All Night Long, incorporated the saga of Othello in a modern setting incorporating Tubby Hayes, Dave Brubeck, Mingus and other jazz luminaries of the 1960s. In retrospect, Mingus would have been the perfect Othello. As it was, the music proved better than the film!


Ellington's Such Sweet Thunder will probably go down as the definitive jazz/bard mix and deservedly so. It's a gem and deserves its high ranking in the Ellington canon.

However, let's not forget that Shakespeare was a wordsmith and not a musician although he may have been capable of knocking up a tune on a virginal.

And it's the lyrics of his songs which are featured here just as they have done in the past.

Marian Mann, with settings by Arthur Young, recorded four of Shakey's songs with the Crosby Bobcats back in 1939 a couple of which are reprised here. In the early fifties, Cleo Laine recorded the same with the Dankworth Seven and, in 1964 Cleo, now Mrs Dankworth, recorded Shakespeare and All that Jazz - an album that is regarded by many as the ultimate take on what is, in my opinion, the combination of the world's greatest artforms - literature, theatre and jazz.

With such hard acts to follow, Deborah Shulman has taken a brave step and, in many ways, she succeeds. Just as Marian Mann set the ball rolling for Cleo to pick up and, via Duke's input, to run with, so Shulman has, at least, kept the ball in play.

I've compared the two albums again and again. Cleo's has the edge on the swingier numbers whilst Deborah will score with those who sometimes find Cleo's deep vibrato not to their liking although Deborah's ofttimes overdramatic approach, whilst in keeping with the material, can also jar but not enough to deny that this is such stuff as dreams are made on - The Tempest

Personally, I wouldn't be without either and this one also has some great solos!
Lance.

Summit Records DCD 793 - Feb. 22.
All the Worlds a Stage/If Music be the Food of Love; Blow Blow thou Winter Wind; Dunsinane Blues; Shall I Compare thee to a Summer's Day?; Who is Sylvia?; You Spotted Snakes; When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent thought; Sigh no more Ladies; Oh Mistress Mine; My Love is as a Fever; Our Revels now Are Ended.

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