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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

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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