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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

On This Day: December 14

2009: Jim Birkett Trio w. Sue Ferris @ The Cherry Tree.

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields - February 24.

(Review by Lance).
It had been some time since I last heard the CHBB during which time there’d been some changes made. Whether these were permanent or on the night deps I know not. In the sax section, Alan Marshall moved from tenor to lead alto. Former member Kim Skerritt, nee Webb, returned on second alto with another returnee, Jim McBriarty, blowing jazz tenor. The 'bones were unchanged with Kurgi-Smith handling the jazz but the trumpet section was less familiar. Bill Watson took a break from organising next weekend's Big Band Festival at Chester-le-Street to blow most of the 'hot choruses' with Riley-Gledhill chipping in with some mellow flugel.
On piano, former Early Birder Ben Lawrence made his debut with the band and the boy did good. Alan Smith was sound on bass guitar, Bradley, a mere sensation on guitar and the whole outfit driven by Barry Black and led from the front by MD Morgan who also plumbed subterranean depths on bass trombone. As always, Ruth Lambert handled the vocals in her inimitable manner. However, Ruth's contribution will be reported in a separate post by Ann Alex.
So, what did they play? The setlist below gives an idea of the diversity of the program but not the excitement generated! You'll have to take my word on that one or else catch them at Spennymoor on April 13. It will be worth the trip. If your passport is out of date then you can hear the band again next year at the Customs House on April 12, 2019.
First set: Flight of Fancy; The Count Steps Out; Round Robin; Nice Work if You Can Get It; The Man I Love; Blue Bossa; Stompin' at the Savoy; Summertime; Almost Like Being in Love; Why Musicians Can't Dance; Steppin' Out.
Second Set: In the Mood; That Warm Feeling; Basically Blues; Love is Here to Stay; Makin' Whoopee; A Few Good Men; Cute; At Last; Someone to Watch Over Me; Hallelujah I Love Her So; Blues in the Closet.
Encore: Alright, Okay, You Win.
Vocals in red.
Lance.
PS: I haven't mentioned Nelson, Kaberry, Temple, Catherall, Brocklesby and Fletcher as they didn't solo. However, their section work, along with that of Kim Skerritt, was exemplary and without them, the ship would have sunk. 
Chapeaux les tout ensemble.
Bob Temple, Paul Riley-Gledhill, Alan Catherall, Bill Watson (trumpets); Dave Brocklesby, Chris Kurgi-Smith, Michael Fletcher, (trombones); Peter Morgan (bass trombone/MD); Alan Marshall (alto/soprano); Kim Skerritt (alto); Jim McBriarty, Gillian Nelson (tenor); Chris Kaberry (baritone); Ben Lawrence (piano); Alan Smith (bass guitar); Bradley Johnston (guitar); Barry Black (drums); Ruth Lambert (vocals).

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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