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15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Rick Laughlin's Electet @ Dormans Jazz Club,Middlesbrough - September 19.

Rick Laughlin (keys); Ian Halford (kit); Phil Laughlin (bass); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Sue Ferris (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Alan Thompson (soprano sax). 
(Review by Ron H)

Playing for the first time at Dormans Jazz Club, Electet soon showed the large audience that we were in for an exciting night of  funky fusion style jazz.

Starting the first set with Shuffled, a bouncy/bluesy number featuring all four saxes, followed by Two Mules, a fusion style composition featuring Dan Johnson and Josh Bentham, set the standard for the night.

Yellow Fever with a haunting opening by Alan Thompson on soprano, a funky feature for Rick & Sue Ferris during which they encountered a variety of time signatures.

Sands of Time was a slow but powerful feature for Rick and Josh on  with a huge ending featuring  Dan.

PB82 a medium tempo funky feature for Josh with the mesmerising undercurrent of Phil on bass and a kit solo by Ian Halford to take it out.

The first set was brought to a close  by another great number Con Hielo featuring everyone with Sue and Dan swapping tenor solos, a rapid 3/4 Latin, possibly inspired by Chick Corea.

The second set opened with Scam a foot tapping big band style/bluesy number featuring all the saxes and Rick.

Funk 2 Opened with funky slap on bass, intricate horn solo sections, a keys/tenor (Dan) feature and a rousing drum solo to end.

Storm a haunting ballad featured Alan on soprano demonstrating the seemingly infinite range of the instrument.

Where's Vincent? a swinging 3/4 featured Josh and Rick.

Point & Click was a straight forward funky vehicle for everyone to go wild with.

I Dunno Joe  funky with lots of tight ensemble work and solos for Rick, Alan and Dan.

Smarten - an up tempo swinger where everyone got a chance to blow.

Reverse Spin was kicked off with  funky bass then solos  by Rick and Sue, followed by all four saxes throwing out some lines to build up to the ending.

An encore of the band's version of Blue Bossa brought this wonderful night to a close.

A tremendous night  of top class musicians playing, apart from the encore, original compositions by Rick and so tightly held together by the musicians skill and enthusiasm. This band's line up worked so well.

Another successful night for Dormans Jazz Club with our usual thanks going to Dormans Club for their kind support.
Ron H.

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