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Dennis Lichtman: "You can be as nerdy and intricate as you want. But if the rhythm section is thumping, any schmo can walk in off the street and be moved by it." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Thursday November 15

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Shoeshop Quartet - King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:10pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd., Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Alan Glen Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. & £3.00.

Paul Skerritt & James Harrison - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Radio Pensicola Band - Dormans Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free. Music from the '20s to the '40s w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bs); Django; Donna Hewitt (sax); Mark Hawkins (dms).

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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