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Postage

16573 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 466 of them this year alone and, so far, 12 this month (July 7).

From This Moment On ...

July

Fri 12: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ The White Swan, Main Road, Ovingham NE42 6AG. 12:30pm. Free.
Fri 12: John Settle @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00. Settle (vibes) w. Dean Stockdale, Mick Shoulder & Tim Johnston.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 13: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Free. Vieux Carré Jazzmen (12 noon); Trilogy of Four (1:35pm); Classic Swing (3:10pm); Archipelago (4:40pm).
Sat 13: East Coast Swing Band @ Tynemouth Metro Station. 1:00pm. Free. A Mouth of the Tyne Festival event.
Sat 13: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Prudhoe Riverside Park. 12:55-1:40pm. Free.
Sat 13: Michael Woods @ Cycle Hub, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE6 1BU. 1:30-2:30pm & 3:00-4:00pm. Country blues. An Ouseburn Festival event.
Sat 13: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ The Beehive, Hartley Lane, Whitley Bay NE25 0SZ. 5:30pm. Free. Gig in the Secret Garden.
Sat 13: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 14: OUTRI + Slowlight Quartet @ The Bandstand, The Sele, Hexham. 12 noon-2:00pm. Free. OUTRI is Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson’s new solo bass project. ‘The Bandstand Sessions’.
Sun 14: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Free. Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); Delta Prophets Trio (1:35pm); Abbie Finn Trio (3:10pm); River City Band (4:40pm).
Sun 14: MSK @ Tynemouth Metro Station. 1:00pm. Free. A Mouth of the Tyne Festival event.
Sun 14: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Jamil Sheriff’s Five Gold Rings @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 14: Lounge Lizards + King Bees @ The Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. The Tyne Bar’s 30th anniversary, top class blues double bill.
Sun 14: Richard Herdman @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Nathan Lawson Trio @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval NE25 0AT. 12:30pm. £15.00 (tel: 0191 237 3697). Summer BBQ in the Beer Graden.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman's Jazz Club, Middlesbrough - June 13

A wonderful night of music from this long established (35 years) award winning Hartlepool  big band led by saxophonist Mick Donnelly.

A great start was made with Oliver Nelson's Emancipation Blues, a slow subdued intro preceded the full big band sound and with an alto solo from Mark Toomey and trumpet from Bill Watson, it clearly showed the high standard of the musicians.

After playing The Candy Man, Jan Spencelayh was called on to show her fine vocal talents with the lively swinging Gershwin number They Can't Take That Away From Me. The mood was then changed with the band playing a nice arrangement of the lovely Don Gibson ballad, I Can't Stop Loving You and a moving alto solo from Mark.

Paul Skerritt exercised his vocal chords with an excellent version of Jimmy Van Heusen's The Tender Trap, a number from the Frank Sinatra film of the same name.

Further numbers included Lullaby of Broadway, Jan's vocal on My Heart Belongs to Daddy, the 1930s' song Deep Purple and Paul's vocal on Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, before the first set finished in great style with the Sammy Nestico arrangement of Hayburner.

Starting the second set, the classic It Don't Mean A Thing did really have that swing setting the tempo for a great tenor solo from Josh Bentham and piano from Garry Hadfield.

A most interesting version of A Night Like This based on a scene from the film Casino Royale and well sung by Jan included a nice guitar solo from Ian Bosworth before the standard Have You Met Miss Jones? was played followed by Paul singing Happy Together and the band playing a driving version of Black Coffee.
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, by Osvaldo Farres was well sung by Jan with wonderful band backing.

A terrific rendition of Tuxedo Junction featuring the trombone section was big band music at its best demonstrating its wide dynamics and another great tenor solo from Josh.

The Jorge Ben number Mas Que Nada with its Latin rhythm nicely set up by Paul Campbell on drums and Adrian Beadnell on bass was then followed by one of Paul Skerritt's party pieces the swinging Bobby Darin version of Clementine.

The evening was finally brought to a close with a rousing version of Sweet Georgia Brown.

It was a pleasure for both the audience and myself to hear a big band consisting of top class musicians playing and singing a wide variety of music. MD Mick Donnelly, with his jokes and ability to connect with an audience, made for a great night.

Thanks as usual go to the staff of Dorman's for their help and support of the jazz night. Ron Hampton.

Mick Donnelly (MD): Mark Toomey, Andy Devine (alto saxes); Josh Bentham, Barbara Fagan (tenor saxes); Gill Nelson (baritone sax); Bill Watson, Kevin Eland, Dave Harrison, Colin Moore (trumpets); Dave Brocklesby, Terry O'Hern, Peter Smith (trombones); Peter Morgan (bass trombone); Garry Hadfield (piano); Ian Bosworth (guitar); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Paul Campbell (drums); Jan Spencelayh, Paul Skerritt(vocals).

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