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14226 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 445 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 13).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Tue 17: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 18: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 18: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 18: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 19: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 19: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 19: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 19: 58 Jazz Collective @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. TBC.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Mark Toomey presents a tribute to Cannonball Adderley @ Domans Jazz Club Middlesbrough - September 26

Mark Toomey (alto sax); Jeremy McMurray (piano); Jud Downs (trumpet); Peter Ayton (bass) Paul Smith (drums).
(Review by Ron H)

The Mark Toomey Quartet, enhanced by the addition of Jud Downs, became a quintet for this tribute to Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley.

The late alto saxist has long been a favourite of Mark’s as was evidenced on the opening number the well-known Work Song. Written by Cannonball’s brother Nat, it showed the audience just how tight a unit this was. The great trumpet solo from Jud set the standard for the night. 

Sack O' Woe by Cannonball opened with a heavy drum & piano intro before going into  a swinging blues with impressive solos all round.


Frank Rosolino's Blue Daniel was followed by a terrific up tempo version of Big "P" by Jimmy Heath with, again, great solos from  Mark on alto, Jeremy on piano and Jud on trumpet.

A beautifully played Latin/swing Azule Serape by Victor Feldman and the Cole Porter classic What Is This Thing Called Love? brought the first set to a close.

Taken from the Capital Them Dirty Blues album, Sam Jones's Del Sasser provided a great opener to the second set.

A bossa nova, Saudade, featured Jeremy on piano with nice rhythmic bass and drum backing from Pete and Paul  whilst still leaving plenty of scope for Mark and Jud to show their skills.

The Randy Weston Hi-Fly was given a dramatic piano intro followed by the band playing so well together with solos all round.

Stars Fell on Alabama, with tasteful piano and sax solos, offered complete contrast to Sam Jones’ Unit 7 - a great up tempo swinger from the album the quintet recorded with Nancy Wilson.

With the audience calling for an encore the challenging  Quincy Jones' Jessica's Day was played expertly leaving the listeners aware of the talent on stage and the inspiration that had inspired it - Cannonball Adderley.

A tribute night to a great saxophonist with the band sounding almost like a big band at times playing many difficult pieces which was also a tribute in itself to Mark's excellent skills in arrangements and it certainly left a lasting impression with the audience.

Another successful night at the Dormans Jazz Club with many thanks to the Dormans Club for their support.
Ron H

1 comment :

Steve T said...

A Sack a Woe. Takes me back to a time when I paid £27 for a Japanese CD of Mercy Mercy Mercy (also Live Evil). A friend was shocked but I told him if you need it you need it. How times have changed or - should I say - how the media has changed. Would have loved to have made it but the Boro is largely a mystery to me.

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