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Bebop Spoken There

Oscar Peterson: "I find most pianists use too many notes in a chord. They double up an awful lot" - (Crescendo May 1963).

Benny Green (British): "...there was a whole race of men who used to stand in front of their bands, waving their arms, pretending to conduct ... Many of the bandleaders we had worked for had been either crooks or imposters ... " - (Crescendo March 1963).

Today Friday September 21

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

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

Ladies of Midnight Blue - Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books, Lime Street, Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel: 03000 3301095. 11:00am. £5.00.

Paul Edis - The Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00. Edis, solo piano.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50.

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Radars + Broken Levee - The Peacock, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3ES. Tel: 0191 511 1451. 7:00pm. £10.00. (+ £1.00. b/f). New blues venue.

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Classic Swing @ The Ship, Monkseaton - July 10

(Review by Russell)
The Ship Inn on Front Street is home to Classic Swing. For a couple of years or so the band has maintained a Tuesday afternoon residency at the pub, one of three Monkseaton hostelries, each one no more than a stone's throw away from the others, offering regular jazz sessions. 

It Don't Mean a Thing sang Olive Rudd. Classic Swing's setlist embraces the New Orleans/Dixieland era through to 1930s small group swing. Give Me the Simple LifeI Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby, the band's vocalist was in good voice and 'S Wonderful made it four vocal numbers in a row.
Jim McBriarty likes to sing a tune or two and Just Squeeze Me presented a first opportunity of the afternoon. McBriarty approached Ellington's number in typically relaxed style, the same could be said of Don Fairley's trombone solo and Bob Wade's trademark squeeze 'n' tease trumpet playing. Basie's Swingin' the Blues closed out a fine first set with Wade in his element.

Hello Central give me Doctor Jazz...so sang Olive Rudd in opening the second set. A set of several requests - Out of NowhereBlue SkiesUndecided with top solos from McBriarty on tenor, Wade, trumpet, and Fairley once more. 

Occasionally a gig comes up with something a little different. It hadn't escaped the notice of your reviewer that Neville Hartley was in the house and later fellow trombonist Gordon Solomon walked through the door. This could be fun! As Wade and McBriarty retired to the bar, Messrs Fairley, Hartley and Solomon formed a frontline 'trombonium' to play Lady Be Good. And it was pretty darn good! The penultimate number featured all - band and guests - on a storming C Jam Blues. Yes, it was well worth jumping aboard the always-on-time Tyne and Wear Metro (read about  BSH's Editor in Chief's travails yesterday journeying from South Tyneside to Cullercoats)! Tuxedo Junction took us up to three o'clock. A canny session, as they say.        
Russell.                       
Bob Wade (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jim McBriarty (clarinet, tenor saxophone, vocals); Don Fairley (trombone); Colin Haikney (piano); Alan Rudd (double bass); Tommy Graham (drums); Olive Rudd (vocals) + Neville Hartley (trombone); Gordon Solomon (trombone).

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