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Dave Newton: "Having got my Grade 8 pretty early, it was only then that the piano was taking over. But this was happening outside of school really, as the music teacher at this particular school didn't like me or the kind of music I liked." (Jazzwise February 2019).

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Today Tuesday January 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan.

Alter Ego - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Jeremy McMurray with the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Dormans Jazz Club, Middlesbrough - Jan.3

Jeremy McMurray (piano); Mark Toomey (alto sax); Paul Donnelly (guitar); Peter Ayton (bass); Richard Brown (drums).
(Review by Ron H).

Jazz at Dormans got off to a fine start with our first guest band of 2019 - the Pocket Jazz Orchestra, led by pianist Jeremy McMurray. 

The night began in great style with the Miles Davis composition Four followed by a swinging version of Jimmy Van Heusen’s It Could Happen to You.

A melodic East of the Sun (and West of The Moon) showed how tight the ‘orchestra’ was as a unit and how strong the individuals’ soloing abilities are.

Don Raye's classic ballad Star Eyes was given an up tempo/Latin/swing treatment which produced more great solos all round whilst Jule Styne’s ballad I Fall in Love Too Easily featured Mark on alto along with moving solos from both Paul and Jeremy.

The first set closed with a rousing rendition of Tenor Madness. Richard's excellent drumming and an outstanding guitar solo from Paul complemented some alto madness from Mark.

A beautiful original by Mark, These Rainy Summer Days, played as a fast bossa, started the second half with the composer in fine form and some effective piano from Jeremy.

A fast swinging Stella By Starlight, included an impressive bass solo from Peter, and a hard-driving Work Song, preceded another of Mark's compositions, Where Can We Go From Here? again played over a bossa nova rhythm.

The night was brought to a close with Monk's Straight No Chaser.

An evening of top-class jazz played to a good-sized audience who showed their unrestrained appreciation of a popular and deservedly successful Teesside band.
Ron H.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
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