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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Just Friends @ Dormans Jazz Club, Middlesbrough - Dec. 1

Ian Bosworth (guitar); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Alan Smith (bass); Dave Archbold (keys); and Mark Hawkins (drums).
(Review by Ron H)
Just Friends stepped in at short notice as guest band providing an evening of excellent Jazz.
A lively start was made with Nat Adderley's Work Song featuring Ian on guitar followed by Sonny Rollins' Doxy, 
A nice version of Have You Met Miss Jones? had great solos from Richie and Dave.
After playing the Benny Golson composition Killer Joe and Duke's In a Sentimental Mood, the first set was brought to a close with St.Thomas. Everyone soloed,  including fine contributions from Alan on bass and Mark on drums. 
The second session started in fine style with the appropriately titled Just Friends and the following numbers included The Way You Look Tonight and God Bless The Child both featuring Richie's excellent sax playing.
The night was then brought to a close with a rousing rendition of Watermelon Man.
It was a pleasure to listen to this group of local musicians who played so well together as the monthly guest band at Dormans Jazz Club.
Ron H.

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