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Music Editorial

deammasser19.jpg Dean is the don

As this picture kind of hints at Dean Masser is the don of the saxophone and he’s playing the next in the Gala Theatre’s splendid lunchtime series of concerts.

After graduating from Leeds College of Music, Dean Masser became a member of the Jack Parnell Quartet, which recorded a live album during a week-long stint at Ronnie Scott’s. Since then Masser has played alongside many of the leading names in British jazz at numerous venues and festivals. He released his first album as leader back in 2010 and has since won huge critical acclaim with Jack Parnell commenting: “Dean’s album has soul in it” with Julian Siegal chipping in: “Dean has always had a great sound, and this album captures it beautifully.” This sax maestro is a regular visitor to the region and it’s great to welcome him back once again for what should be a storming afternoon session. Also on the bill are pianist Dean Stockdale who will be joined by Ed Harrison (bass) and Gaz Hughes (drums) for a program of straight-up jazz. If you’re looking for some afternoon delight, then all roads lead to the Gala.

Dean Masser and the Dean Stockdale Trio, Friday 24 January, Gala Theatre, Durham, 1pm, £6. galadurham.co.uk