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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Saturday February 24

Afternoon

Nikki Iles Masterclass - Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH13RL. 1:30pm. £.3.00. Open to the public as observers.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Billy Bootleggers All-Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. 8:00pm (doors). £10.00. Augmented line-up: David Blakey (trumpet), Lloyd Howell (perc.).

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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