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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Eales Grooving to Grover

County Durham correspondent Tony Eales reports a good turn-out for Grover Washington Jr at Darlington’s Forum Music Centre. The soul-jazz saxophonist is long gone (the New Yorker died almost twenty years ago) but not forgotten, not least by five of the region’s finest - reeds men Richie Emmerson and Alan Thompson, pianist Rick Laughlin and bass and drums pairing Keith Peberdy and Ian Halford. On Tuesday evening the quintet entertained a crowd which, according to Eales, is keen to support more jazz at the Borough Road venue. The next installment on Tuesday September  17 features Acoustic Infusion augmented by the Mighty Horns.          
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2 comments :

Alan Thompson said...

Thanks for your review we appreciate your kind comments.
Alan Thompson

Steve T said...

Gutted to miss this (offspring playing elsewhere in the region). Grover was one of the premier jazz-funk acts when I got into jazz in the late seventies before - like the rest - he descended into smooth jazz. Hope they do it again; I know there's an audience for this round Durham, Chester le Street and Toon.

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