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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.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Richie Emmerson Quintet @ Dormans Jazz Festival, Middlesbrough - April 11

Richie Emmerson (tenor, alto, soprano sax); Alan Thompson (tenor, soprano sax); Rick Laughlin (keys, synth); Keith Peberdy (bass); Richard Miles (drums).
(Review by Ron H)

The second week of the Jazz Festival continued with a tribute to Grover Washington. Soulful and funky and played with great passion and expertise.

Richie and Alan blew a fine intro on tenors to Do Dat, along with Rick on synthesiser, this was followed by River Drive and a switch to soprano saxes with some lovely interplay and powerful dynamics from the band.

Richie stayed on the straight sax and Alan returned to tenor for a beautiful version of the jazz standard Stolen Moments. ‘Moments’ also had an excellent bass solo from Keith. 

Back to the funk with Let It Flow, using two tenors, a blistering solo from Richie and an amazing blast by Rick on synth. The classic Reed Seed, from the Mr Magic album featured Alan on soprano and a wonderful piano solo from Rick. The first set closed with, again from the Mr Magic album, Black Frost.

The second set started with Take Me There, followed by Maracus Beach and Loren’s Dance, before playing the great Winelight, using both tenors, fine piano and effective rhythm from bass and drums.

Richie was featured playing alto on the lovely Make Me A Memory, before the penultimate number, Mr Magic, played with great enthusiasm by the band.

Not surprisingly, the audience demanded an encore so Easy Loving You, was a great driving number to finish on with a tasty drum solo from Richard and Rick on synth.

This was a memorable night and a special treat for a full audience enjoying the funkier side of jazz played by musicians with more than enough feeling and understanding to satisfy even the most discerning of Grover Washington fans.

Thanks must go once again to Dormans Club for their help and support making all of this possible.
Ron H

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