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Saturday, June 12, 2021

A Tribute to Gerry Hughes @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough - June 12

 
Kevin Eland (trumpet, flugelhorn); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Ian Bosworth (guitar); Dave Archibald (keyboards); Paul Dickerson (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums) 

When Gerry Hughes died some months ago his many musician friends determined to celebrate his life by organising a day filled with music and happy memories. The Tees Hot Club bassist would have been amazed by the huge crowd assembled today on the sports field at Dorman's Club in Middlesbrough. 

(Photo by Russell)
On a glorious summer's afternoon many musicians gave their services free, they were there to pay tribute to Gerry, clearly, a very popular man. Bagging a table on arrival, the sounds of a trio playing a selection of well known numbers by the likes of Bill Withers and Neil Young made for a good start to the day. Efficient table service delivered a bottle of Double Maxim and a Pinot Grigio together with a couple of cheese toasties. 

As the jazz ensemble, a six piece outfit, took to the outdoor stage, guitarist Ian Bosworth was at pains to point out they were not there as the Tees Hot Club. Trumpeter Kevin Eland led the line alongside Darlington Big Band's tenor sax man Richie Emmerson. Opening with the Spencer Davis hit I'm a Man suggested this would be an uptempo set, just right for the occasion. Eland soloed on Sugar, the band cruised through Sunny, Emmerson impressing, and, a most appropriate God Bless the Child, a feature for Emmerson, kind of summed it all up, a fitting tribute to Gerry Hughes. MC Ian Bosworth said Gerry would have loved to have been here! The session drew to a close with a regulation take on Watermelon Man

Your correspondent's return journey to Newcastle was made all the easier thanks to pianist Jeremy McMurray offering a lift into Middlesbrough town centre. Thanks Jeremy! Russell

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