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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Mark Toomey Quartet @ Dormans Jazz Festival, Middlesbrough - April 4

Mark Toomey (alto sax); Jeremy McMurray (piano); Pete Ayton (bass ); and Paul Smith (drums).
(Review by Ron H)

The Dormans Jazz Festival got off to a flying start with this highly accomplished band paying tribute to Charlie Parker and leader Mark demonstrating his in-depth familiarity of the repertoire.

The bebop standard Au Privave was an excellent opener, then, by way of contrast, All The Things You Are. Beautifully melodic in keeping with the original. This was a very tight quartet with outstanding solos from sax, piano and bass.


Continuing in the Bird-like vein we had the Latin flavoured My Little Suede Shoes, the classic Just Friends and then the lovely ballad This Is Always, once recorded by vocalist Earl Coleman with the Parker Quartet that included Erroll Garner on piano. No vocalist here but fine piano by Jeremy.

The first set finished with Ray Noble’s Cherokee. Brought out of the dance band setting by Parker, tonight’s version clearly demonstrated the ability of these four musicians to play this up-tempo piece so well with impressive solos all round.

A favourite of mine, Ornithology, started the second session in style, followed by Out of Nowhere and Parker’s Mood. The lovely Star Eyes preceded the finishing number Wee played fast and furious with a terrific drum solo by Paul.

Such was the enthusiasm from the audience that an encore was demanded and this was the beautifully played On a Slow Boat to China.

An excellent start to the festival by a top class quartet comprising some of the best Teesside based jazz musicians and well supported by a large and appreciative audience, with thanks going to Dormans Club for their generous support of the local jazz scene.

Ron H.

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