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Lou Donaldson: "(On Art Blakey) Everything changed. Especially when the women came in, sat down in the front row, and raised their skirts above their knees. Then the drums got louder, the tempos got faster, and every tune was a drum solo" - (JazzTimes, November 2019.)

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Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

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

Sold Out!

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmas Party Night @ Dormans Jazz Club Middlesbrough - Dec.6

(Review by Ron H)
The Middlesbrough Jazz and Blues Orchestra, a 20+ piece band led by Kevin Eland, held their Christmas party at Dormans Club playing to an enthusiastic capacity audience drawn from all age groups.

The band started the night with a great arrangement of St Louis Blues, giving the audience a taste of what was in store. This was followed by Sugar Valley with a nice intro from Dave Archbold on keyboards.

Let’s Take it Nice and Easy sang Django followed by a nice and easy big band arrangement of Winter Wonderland.

Vicki Jackson sang a rousing version of Route 66 with fine solos from Dave on keys, Dave Bell on sax and Neil Brodie on trumpet. Further numbers included Chameleon, Lonely St. Cute, featuring Shaun, and Miles of Milestones.
A sexy, slinky, Santa Baby was sung by Kate Bulman, watched by the youngest audience member ever, Kate's 4 weeks old son Lawrence. Blue Monk included lovely sax solos from Donna Hewitt and Jim Madrell.

Graham Thompson took over on keys for the second set which started with an up tempo Orange Sherbert followed by Bye Bye Blackbird with a fine solo from Kevin Eland and Kate Bulman singing Have Yourself a Merry Christmas. 

Other numbers included a very impressive rendition of Jim Martin’s bossa nova style arrangement of Silent Night with a moving solo from Kevin on flugel and Vicki Jackson sang the ever popular Mustang Sally with a rocking solo from Simon Jones on baritone sax. 

After Swinging Shepherd Blues, the night finished off in great style with Vicki singing Alright, OK, You Win. This was a memorable jazz party night with the interval food kindly provided by the band. 
With much appreciated help and support from the staff at Dormans, we have been able to run a highly successful weekly "Dormans Jazz Club" for the past 8 years.  Many of the best Jazz musicians in the area have played as guests with the  resident Tees Hot Club band as well as with their own groups on the monthly guest night.

Ron H.

1 comment :

Unknown said...

excellent show, well played by all