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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Seminary to Quakerhouse, it’s all jazz to Eales

(Report by Tony Russell)
Bebop Spoken Here’s Durham Dalesman Tony Eales is equally at home taking a pew in a place of worship as he is in frequenting a den of iniquity. On Friday evening our southern correspondent went to a big band gig. No surprise there given that Eales thinks nothing of making a trip to Los Angeles to hear a big band. Friday’s concert was somewhat closer to home in the splendour of Ushaw College on the outskirts of Durham.
The Customs House Big Band played well, reports Eales. MD Peter Morgan has acquired a new guitarist…one Bradley Johnston (1st Class of course). As always Ms Ruth Lambert sang with the band. Eales made a quick head count (quickly losing count) of those taking a pew.

Early Sunday evening TE went to see a man about a dog. The Quakerhouse, tucked away in Mechanics’ Yard just off Skinnergate in Darlington, is one of a number of venues used by Darlington Jazz Club. Anything but a dive, more a proper pub, recognised by Camra’s local branch as a gem, the pub hosts blues and rock gigs and, fortnightly Sunday, a really good jazz gig. Sunday’s really good gig featured the Dean Stockdale Trio. TE reckons the line-up handled a mixture of standards and originals with aplomb. There’s no reason why anyone would think otherwise as pianist Stockdale is working with bassist Mick Shoulder and ace drummer Adam Sinclair. An attentive audience enjoyed two sets in the compact upstairs room of the award-winning hostelry.

Russell

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