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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, October 21, 2019

The Darlington Big Band @ Dorman's Jazz Club Middlesbrough - October 17

(Review by Ron H)

18 top class musicians with a wealth of experience and led by tenor saxophonist Richie Emmerson played a wonderful selection of big band jazz standards to a packed and attentive audience making for a highly successful night.

A fine intro by Ted Pearce on keys and Alan Smith on bass  was made to a swinging Sammy Nestico arrangement of  Straight Ahead from the Basie album of the same name.

This was followed by Fun Time  from the same album setting the standard for the night.

After Alberto Dominguez's Frenesi, the beautiful ballad Laura, arranged by Lennie Niehaus for the Stan Kenton band, included a lovely trumpet solo by Bill Watson with all four muted trumpets then joining in.

So It May Secretly Begin, a Pat Metheny number arranged  by Bob Curnow, naturally included a very fine guitar solo from Eddie Maughan. A swinging Take the A Train arranged by Mark Taylor followed.

The theme from Taxi Driver featured  Ray Dales on alto sax whilst there were  nice trumpet and tenor solos from Kevin Eland and Richie Emmerson in Speak Low - an arrangement of this Kurt Weill/Ogden Nash tune by Bill Holman.

The first set was finished in fine style with Sammy Nestico's up tempo arrangement of Pressure Cooker featuring John Brett on tenor.

A great arrangement by John Clayton of Max, a very complex number by Jeff Hamilton, was well played with solos from Richie Emmerson tenor, Alan Thompson alto and Kevin Eland trumpet.

An up tempo version of Tenderly with fine trumpet solo from Bill Watson and then in complete contrast the beautiful ballad When I Fall In Love arranged by Alan Baylock played by the whole band without solos.

For Stan Kenton fans the band played Eager Beaver featuring John Brett on tenor.

A particular favourite of mine played next  was Benny Golson's I Remember Clifford featuring Bill Watson on flugel.

A fine Bill Holman big band arrangement of the jazz standard After You've Gone with a nice solo from Neville Hartley on trombone.

A beautiful number What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life by Legrand and Berryman featured Richie on tenor.

After Slaughter On 10th Ave. was played as a final number, an encore was demanded and this was a beautiful version of Cole Porter's Love For Sale again arranged by Nestico.

It was most impressive to see and hear this band play these sophisticated arrangements and I must apologise for not giving credit to more of the band members as all were capable of fine solo work.

I think that the full capacity and enthusiastic audience brought out the best in the band along with Richie both as a leader soloist and in between numbers an entertaining raconteur.

With many thanks to Dormans Club for their help and support in running the night.
Ron H.

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