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Today Thursday April 25

Afternoon

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 26, 2016

James Taylor Quartet @ Hull Jazz Festival - July 23

(Review by Annie O'Donnell).
It was hot enough to cook scrambled eggs in Hull Truck Theatre by the time the James Taylor Quartet ...plus Two had finished raising the temperature with their Hot Hammond Jazz Horse rider Mr T leading his posse of Jazzboys featuring the exquisitely tall. lean and keen Mr Andrew Mc Kinney  on bass guitar, Mr Pat Illingworth who orchestrated drums better than Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen...and no swear words. Mr Mark Cox who had so much and jazzgirl Miss Yvonne Yanney's  deep smoky vocals richer than an Islay Malt. 
Mr James Taylor opened up with sharp fast funk fusing deep chords. Pat Illingworth jumps up in his seat  swinging sticks, a dancing bass and guitar all interplaying better than Fred and Ginger. James shakes the Hammond, switch flex comes out in a drum solo...and what a solo...Pat is a musician... James requests for him to play on while he reconnects the flex to the Hammond and, once the music is over, asks if anyone has any Sellotape...
Andrew Mc Kinney has dancing fingers and legs..feeling every note, nodding at every drum beat...
I am mesmerised with pure joy and the fresh energy rising from these gentlemen.
James shakes, and rubs his hands over keys like warm electricity.....his signature tune...Starsky & Hutch is played.. a couple dressed in character outfits get up to dance and are invited to the front. They remain in the seat space dancing...the audience is up on its feet dancing and clapping all the way...some energetic audience members remain on their feet for most of the concert.
The elegant Miss Yvonne Yanney comes on to sing Love Will Keep Us Together...
James definitely has magic fingers hitting the keys like a Christmas Cake Maker kneading the keys pressing down for right consistency..."now everybody stand up and sing it loud" and everyone does...Nick Smart and Rob (didn't get his surname) in the Horns section are two professional lads with the right brassy attitude and being a mother of lads... this band is one of professional lads who really know how to play and do their thing, conversing with the audience passionately with fast pacing chasing screams of Yes.....
Yvonne belts out Love The Life You Live with James and Co... Not once was I bored or looked at my watch or had mind drifting syndrome.... I wanted them to play forever....

The James Taylor Quartet stopped at my house way back in the late 80's and early 90's when he played at The Adelphi...he was brilliant then and he and his lads and lass are still equally brilliant...
Annie O'Donnell.

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