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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, April 10, 2019

CD Review: Luca di Luzio – Globetrotter

Luca du Luzio (guitar*); Max Ionata, Alessandro Fariselli (tenor sax); Jimmy Haslip (electric bass); David Weckl (drums); George Whitty (keyboards)
(Review by Hugh C)

Luca di Luzio has been playing music for 30 years and has decided to “tell [his] music history through 7 original tunes and two traditional standards”.   He declares they are “seven stories, talking about different moments in my life, about people who have been close to me, and about people who have unfortunately passed away”.  He finds the easiest way to talk about himself and look into his deep feelings is through melody, harmony and rhythm.  There are certainly elements of all three of these constituent musical parts in this self-released offering, Globetrotter.


The CD runs for 37 minutes 37 seconds and has eight tracks on it, the final, ninth “bonus” track (S.I.S. - Simple Italian Song) is only available by download from Luzio’s website in exchange for your email address (cheeky!) - I have not availed myself of this opportunity. 

The CD commences with Smile!, an upbeat number with a simple groove and a solo contribution by Ionata on sax.  Mr Brown (dedicated to guitarist Dean Brown) has a distinctly funky feel introduced by Haslip’s bass and Weckl’s drums joined later by the leader’s guitar.  Jazzlife features Fariselli on saxophone, again in an upbeat groove.  Buena Serte has a slower, balladic feel before Elisir – composed by Luzio and starting with a phrase from an Emily Remler solo.  Sunshower (Kenny Barron) is a tune Luzio used to play with a colleague, Marco Tamburini.  Pop Fla is in a Latin style.  The actual final track on the CD, Naima (John Coltrane) is simply one of Luzio’s favourite standards, which he has been playing for about 20 years.

Overall the CD is nicely packaged in a cardboard case with helpful (to reviewers at least) explanatory liner notes and a separate booklet.  The overall feel is quite straight-ahead, pleasant to listen to, with a nice sound from all contributors, but perhaps relatively tame.

The CD is released now, allegedly available from “all fine online retailers” - certainly use of a major search engine reveals options for purchase, with access to streamed content from several well-known players.
Hugh C

*For fellow fret-heads – Luzio plays Benedetto guitars, D’Orazio strings, DV Mark Amps

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