Bishop Auckland Town Hall, 16th February
Graham Hardy Trumpet/Flugal Horn , Dean Stockdale Piano, Mick Shoulder Bass
I had a rare free afternoon that followed a jazz festival organising week, so I decided to take the short trip from Darlington to Bishop Auckland to catch the regular monthly offering at the Town Hall. Three musicians that will be taking part in the Darlington Festival were on fine form for this recital. Graham contrasted his mellow trumpet and flugal with harmon mute and his recent pre gig addition of a £2 plunger from Wilko with free handle – he did offer this as a raffle prize. Dean and Mick were fantastic in support and quality came through from the trio in every number. The program included: Ellington, Golson and Gershwin – My Romance, If I should Lose You, Mood Indigo, In a Mellow Tone, Whisper Not, Long Ago and Far Away, Someone To Watch Over Me and a Tom Harrell number ‘April Mist’ to encore. There was an appreciative audience with good numbers in attendance. This was an enjoyable hour listening to quality musicians well spent and I look forward to hearing them again at Darlington in May.