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'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...


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. CANCELLED!
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.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Musicians Unlimited @ Steelies, Hartlepool - Oct. 24

Steelies, aka South Durham Social Club, is onto a winner. Sunday lunchtime, concert room, full house, bar sales, and it's all down to Teesside's big band Musicians Unlimited taking up residency once a week on Westbourne Road. Mick Donnelly's outfit goes about it's business without fuss, smiles radiating across the sections. Today's session would feature vocalists Jan Spencelayh and Paul Skerritt with Bill Watson contributing several fine trumpet/flugelhorn solos. 

Stars Fell on Alabama opened today's programme, something of an unusual opener, measured rather than explosive. The sections sounding just fine, the rhythm section featuring veteran pianist Ted Pearce working alongside Tees Hot Club guitarist Ian Bosworth, bassist Ron Smith, drummer John Bradford and the evergreen Ernie Jackson on percussion. 

Bill Watson's solos (trumpet and flugelhorn) deservedly won warm applause (Stars Fell on AlabamaThe Touch of Your LipsA Foggy Day in London TownI've Found a New Baby). Sue Ferris, playing tenor sax, contributed excellent solos, Kevin Eland nailed his trumpet parts, and the vocalists - Ms Spencelayh and Mr Skerritt - were on the money all afternoon (Spencelayh singing A Night Like This from the Bond movie Casino Royale, Skerritt effortlessly scaling the heights on Come Fly with Me). 

MU's big band version of Wonderwall worked a treat (Skerritt), What a Difference a Day Makes (Spencelayh), Sweet Georgia Brown, yes, a varied set list making this afternoon's big band concert an unqualified success.  Russell
Musicians Unlimited: Mick Donnelly (MD); Bill Watson, Kevin Eland, Dave Harrison, James Corking (trumpets); Josh Bentham, Kim Skerritt (alto saxes); Sue Ferris (tenor sax, flute); Barbara Fagan (tenor sax); Jill Nelson (baritone sax); John Day, Dave Brocklesby, Tommy Cloughton, Peter Morgan (trombones); Ian Bosworth (guitar); Ted Pearce (piano); Ron Smith (bass guitar); John Bradford (drums); Ernie Jackson (percussion); Jan Spencelayh, Paul Skerritt (vocals)

Set list: Stars Fell on AlabamaCome Fly with MeThe Touch of Your LipsA Night Like ThisA Foggy Day in London TownFor Once in My LifeLight VariationsFeverI've Found a New BabyWhat a Difference a Day MakesEmancipation BluesMy Heart Belongs to DaddyMistyWonderwallChildren of Sanchez; The Best is Yet to Come; Sweet Georgia Brown

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