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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Saturday, February 09, 2019

The Paul Donnelly Organ Trio @ Dormans Jazz Club, Middlesbrough - Feb.7.

Paul Donnelly (guitar); Stuart Collingwood (organ/bass pedal); and Paul Smith (drums).
(Review by Ron H)

The second guest band of the year at Dormans proved to be another memorable night of Jazz from three highly talented musicians.

Starting with Clifford Brown's Joy Spring, and the classic Nature Boy, superb solos all round gave the audience a flavour of what was in store.

Pat Metheny's James, was followed by the beautiful bossa nova Black Orpheus, with impeccable rhythm set up by Paul on drums before featuring Stuart on Jimmy Smith's The Cat, with fine keyboard work and faultless bass pedal input.


Paul on guitar played a moving intro to the ballad Where is the Love? before the band finished the first half off with the up-tempo Bayou, showing their skills to play together with ease.

A request for the ever popular St. Thomas, started the second half followed by a nice version of I Say A Little Prayer.

An impressive ‘Round Midnight, was featured Paul on guitar with Paul Smith and Stuart joining in with perfect timing for the ending. Monk’s Straight No Chaser, showed the band’s versatility.

 A beautifully played  Carol King's It's Too Late, and the George Benson style Affirmation, finished the second set but, such was the enthusiasm of the audience, an encore was demanded and it was Jobim's One Note Samba that brought the evening to a close.

It was a pleasure to listen to these three great musicians, each doing thoughtful and exciting solos, playing so well together with such a wide variety of numbers and styles.

Thanks go to the enthusiastic audience and to the help and support given to us in running the Jazz nights by Dormans Club. 

Ron H.

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