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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

CD Review: Paulo Dias Duarte Overground Collective - Super Mario

(Review by Steve H)

Many of the participants of this collective will be familiar to Tyneside jazz audiences*. In fact you could split the orchestra into two teams of nine:-  one team consisting of those musicians I have seen and the other team those that I haven’t. Included in this second nine would be bandleader and composer London-based Portuguese guitarist Paulo Dias Duarte.

Following a short intro, the album comprises 7 tunes, logically named Parts 1 to VII.   


Given the reputation that most of the musicians on the disc come from shall we say the freer side of the jazz spectrum? I expected this album to be the sort of thing that BSH supremo Lance would run a mile from but it is surprisingly melodious and easy to listen to. Full of fascinating interactions between the various sections of the orchestra, punctuated by individual solos and maintaining a constant groove this is the sort of music that gives free jazz a good name. In fact the more I listen to this album the better it gets, Touring an eighteen piece jazz orchestra must be a logistical nightmare but I hope sometime it happens because I can only imagine that seeing them live would be absolutely amazing.

This is a really tremendous piece of work full of life and vigour and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone no matter what side of the jazz divide they reside.
Steve H

Available on the Babel label. - details.

Chris Williams (alto, soprano sax/flute); Julie Kjær (alto sax/ flute); Rachel Musson (tenor sax/flute); Mike Lesirge (tenor sax); Cath Roberts (baritone sax); Tom Ward (clarinet,/bass clarinet); Noel Langley, Yazz Ahmed (trumpet/flugelhorn); Andre Canniere, Chris Batchelor (trumpet); Paul Taylor Raph Clarkson (trombone); Olivir Haylet (bass trombone); Ben Kelly (sousaphone); Paulo Dias Duarte (guitar); Dave O’Brian (keys); Jason Simpson (bass); Jon Scott (drums).

*Yazz Ahmed can be heard at Gosforth Civic Theatre this Friday (Oct. 4) as part of the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2019.

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