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Greg Osby: “I have my own style, my own attitude, my own opinions about things. I'm not a follower". DownBeat, February, 2024.

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Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Musicians Unlimited @ Dormans Jazz Club Middlesbrough - Nov.5

The first guest band to play since the lockdown featured the award winning band from Hartlepool led on this occasion by trombonist Peter Morgan.

For the first time the band played in the main concert hall and this proved to be very successful with a large and enthusiastic audience.

The opener, In the Mood, showed how tight the band is and that we were in for a great night of music. S‘Wonderful followed with fine solos from Mark Toomey and Gary Hadfield. Ray Noble’s The Very Thought of You was beautifully sung by Jan Spencelayh before the band launched into Take the A Train. The style changed again with that nice ballad Emily, and Jan singing That Old Black Magic.

Many more numbers followed including Down Basie Street, Light Vibrations, Jan singing My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Cheek to Cheek and Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue with fine solos from Sue Ferris and Bill Watson. 

After playing Lil' Darlin’, Jeannine and Jumpin' at the Woodside, the  rhythm section set the pace for The Jazz Police - a great swinging number by Gordon Goodwin to finish the first session.

A rousing big band version of Sweet Georgia Brown  with a nice trombone solo from Chris Hibbard  was followed by a particular favourite of mine What A Difference A Day Made featuring Jan. 

Days of Wine and Roses and Witchcraft were played and then two further vocals from Jan Lullaby of Birdland and Fever. Bringing the evening almost to a close with Clam Chowder and Sammy Nestico's arrangement of Jersey Bounce which had fine soloing from Kevin Eland the show finished with Sue Ferris on flute in Children Of Sanchez.

This was an excellent and memorable night of big band music at its best played to an enthusiastic audience. Many thanks go to the great musicians in the band (sorry I didn't manage to name all of them) and to Peter (standing in for Mick Donnelly) for his leadership and amusing comments.

Thanks also go to Phil Reay for looking after the sound and most importantly to Dormans Club for their support with the Jazz Club. Ron H

Kevin Eland, Bill Watson, Colin Moore, Alan Catherall (trumpets); Ernie O'Hern, Chris Hibbard, Tommy Cloughton, Peter Morgan (trombones); Mark Toomey, Dan Johnson, Sue Ferris, Barbara Fagan, Gillian Nelson (saxes); Garry Hadfield (piano); Mick Shoulder (bass); John Bradford (drums); Ian Bosworth (guitar); Jan Spencelayh (vocals)

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