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Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Merry Monk, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 12:30pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea NE64 6DB. Tel: 01670 811951. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. concs., £30.00. family). Performance inc Poppy (music composed by Jason Holcomb).

Julija Jaceniate Trio Black Swan, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00. concs). Jacenaite (vocals), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass).

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 8:00pm. Free.

Paul Donnelly Quartet - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 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, July 05, 2016

Darlington’s full house for NYJO

(Report by Russell)
Our big band correspondent reports that last night’s NYJO concert in Darlington attracted a full house. The Dolphin Centre’s Central Hall was at capacity for a big band double bill featuring the County Durham Youth Big Band and, topping the bill, NYJO. Bill Ashton’s world-renowned National Youth Jazz Orchestra, these days led by Mark Armstrong (born in Newcastle upon Tyne!), rarely ventures north of Watford Gap. The occasional foray to Big Band Central (aka Wigan) or a foreign assignment (Milan next week!), otherwise it’s mainly gigs within the M25’s orbit rather than Jupiter’s.
Bebop Spoken Here’s Tony Eales noted a marvellous alto solo on Boplicity as a highlight of the Durham County Youth Big Band’s set. At short notice NYJO called upon Tom Hill to dep in the trumpet section and MD Mark Armstrong showed them how to do it with an outstanding trumpet solo of his own.
Well done to Darlington Jazz Club for making this concert a reality. Few, if any, northern cities could be counted on to get the audience out on a Monday night for a big band gig. 
Russell.

3 comments :

Nigel Tully, Executive Chair, NYJO said...

Russell - thanks very much for the kind review - but I must correct you about the location of NYJO's gigs, at least two-thirds of our 40 gigs a year are outside the M25. Ad they should be - the word National in our name is a clue ! Signed Nigel Tully, born in Barnsley - a proud Yorkshireman.

Mark Armstrong said...

Great review - thanks! Just to back up what Nigel said - we actually have done a lot of touring in the North of England recently! We've been up to Hull, Leeds, Bingley, Carlisle and Gateshead just to name a few fine Northern towns - and we often support this touring ourselves to ensure the music gets heard by as many people as possible. Plans for a major project in Manchester coming soon...

Russell said...

Gentlemen, I take your point that NYJO gigs are more widespread. That said, I note that after Milan it's Kent, Cheltenham and several appearances in London!

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