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Dorset Jazz this week: Jim Mullen Reunion Quarter

By Stour & Avon Magazine  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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Jim Mullen with bassist Mick Hutton

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THERE's a real treat at Poole Lighthouse tonight, Friday 15th February, when the Jim Mullen Reunion Quartet plays as part of the Studio Jazz season. As the name suggests, this is a reunion of the Quartet that was in existence for six years from 1996, with Enzo taking the drum chair originally filled by Gary Husband or Ian Thomas, Gareth Williams on piano and Mick Hutton, bass. The original quartet released five CDs, from We Go Back (1996) to Somewhere In The Hills (2002). The band will be playing a mostly new repertoire with occasional reference to previously played or recorded material. Jim Mullen has always maintained that this was the best band he ever had.

More info 08444 068666 or www.lighthousepoole.co.ukTONIGHT, Friday 15th February

The Studio Jazz season continues at Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts with the Jim Mullen Quartet. The Jim Mullen Reunion Quartet is, as its name suggests, a reunion of the Quartet that was in existence for six years from 1996, with Enzo taking the drum chair originally filled by Gary Husband or Ian Thomas. The original quartet released five CDs, from We Go Back (1996) to Somewhere In The Hills (2002). The band will be playing a mostly brand new repertoire with occasional reference to previously played or recorded material. Jim Mullen has always maintained that this was the best band he ever had. For tickets and more information call 08444 068666 or visit www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

On Monday 18th February, Alan Pickering's Spirit of New Orleans Jazz Band are at the Bournemouth Traditional Jazz Club, starting at 8pm. The venue is the Bluebirds Social Club in Longham (opposite Haskins garden centre). For more information visit www.tradjazzband.co.uk or call 01202 578582.

Next Thursday 21st February, Verwood Traditional Jazz Club welcome Colin Bryant's Hot Rhythm Six on their first visit to the club at 17 Moorlands Road, formerly known as Club 31, but now totally refurbished and called The Hideaway. The Hot Rhythm Six are recognised today as one of the most professional bands within the jazz fraternity. Led by virtuoso clarinettist, Colin Bryant, their repertoire extends from the 20s through to the 50s playing tunes and compositions made famous by the likes of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Count Basie to name but a few. Doors open from 7pm, the band plays from 8pm. For more details ring Janet on 01202 813955.

On Sunday 24th February, John Maddocks and the Jazzmen return to St Leonards Hotel for a great evening of traditional jazz. The jazz begins at 7.30pm and finishes at 10pm. It promises to be a great evening as the band have a special guest - the fine trombonist and harmonica playing Richard Loddon. Booking advised on 01202 701295.

And the regulars:

Sunday at Jazzy's in Sandbanks, 1-4pm featuring the Andy Urquhart Quartet with special guests.

Jon Dart

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