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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Darlington Big Band @ Dormans' Jazz Club, Middlesbrough - July 5

(Review by Ron H)
The first of this year’s "Guest Big Band" nights at Dormans featured the Darlington Big Band, led by Tenor Saxophonist Richie Emmerson.
The band, composed of 16 top class musicians, several of whom are regular guests on the Tees Hot Club nights, gave the packed audience a truly special night.
Many of the numbers were Sammy Nestico arrangements starting with Basie’s Straight Ahead and including A Warm Breeze; Strike up the Band; Stardust and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.
The ability of the band to play with great feeling and dynamics was clearly demonstrated by I'm Beginning to See the Light with fine solos from Ray Dales (alto) and Bill Watson (flugel).
A beautiful version of What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life, with a moving solo by Richie Emmerson (tenor), was followed by Have You Met Miss Jones and a swinging version of Buddy Rich's aptly titled Big Swing Face that featured Alan Thompson (alto).
A particular favourite of mine was Pat Metheny's Just Talk. Played with great feeling, it included solos from Bruce Taylor (keys) and Richie Emmerson.
For Kenton fans, the band played Eager Beaver and, for an encore, a powerful rendition of Intermission Riff.
I find it difficult to do justice to this band. All the musicians are capable of fine solo work and show true professionalism playing these great arrangements inspired, no doubt, by Richie, both as a leader, a soloist and, in between numbers, an entertaining raconteur.
Ron H.

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