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David Binney: "In this age, we musicians need to do anything we can to make a living, and ninety-nine percent of us will have to do a wide variety of things." - (Jazz Times May 2019)


Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Until July 21

Today Monday July 15



Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (See above).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.


Mnozil Brass: Cirque - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £23.00. (£19.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

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

Thursday, May 02, 2019

The Paul Donnelly Quartet @ Dormans Jazz Festival,Middlesbrough-April 25th

Paul Donnelly (guitar); Rick Laughlin (Keys,synth); Keith Peberdy (bass); Paul Smith (drums)
(Review by Ron H)

When four well known local musicians of this standard came together at Dormans the audience were full of expectations and they certainly were not disappointed.

Starting the first set with a fine swinging version of On Broadway, from the George Benson album showed that we were in for an evening of exciting jazz. Nature Boy, followed with inventive solos from Rick on keys, Paul Donnelly's fine octave work on guitar and a nice bass solo from Keith coupled with the imitable Paul Smith on drums showed how well they all played together.

Written for James Taylor, Pat Metheny's James, was followed by the ever popular Latin piece Black Orpheus, beautifully played with great guitar and keyboard work.A nice rhythmic  Donny Hathaway number Where Is The Love, preceded the ending of the first set
 with an up tempo George Benson's Bayou which, being based  on I've Got Rhythm, gave plenty of scope for inventive solos from all.

The second half started with Jingles, and Paul showing  great Wes Montgomery style guitar technique. A nice melodic  jazz version of the pop tune I Say a Little Prayer, was played before the mood was changed with Monk's fast blues Straight No Chaser, including a fine solo from Rick on synthesizer and the rock ballad from Carol King's album It's Too Late.

The second set came to an end with a request for This Masquerade but after much applause from the audience, an encore of George Benson'slAffirmation, was played in great style with a terrific drum solo from Paul.

This quartet was one of the best ever at Dormans  with their choice and arrangements of the numbers that delighted the audience.

With thanks to Dormans Club for their support in helping to make this Mini Jazz Festival successful.

Ron H

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
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