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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.

Monday, July 09, 2018

House of the Black Gardenia @ The Mouth of the Tyne Festival - July 7

(Review by Russell).
On the first day of two at this year's Mouth of the Tyne Festival, the sun shone on the jazz stage. From noon 'til six with not a cloud in the sky, a large crowd of sun worshippers sat baking, frequently quenching a thirst. 
Arriving late afternoon hot foot from Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club the fourth and final band of the day was in the process of holding punters spellbound. House of the Black Gardenia is a rare treat, gigs are few and far between and when the eight-piece takes to the stage it pays to be there.
 
Bobbi Charleston and her boys were on the Graveyard Shift - that being the title of the tune greeting late arrivals not a reference to the afternoon's running order! King Bees' Michael Littlefield is an integral part of HotBG too, and on this summer's day down at the coast, the guitarist sat up straight to exclaim Ain't it Hard with vocals and guitar spot on. HotBG inhabits the twilight world of the viper jazz scene - think bootleg liquor and the consumption of other exotic, illicit substances...a Weed Smoker's Dream you might say. 

Dead Man's Calypso lightened the mood with the HotBG's horns dancing to the rhythm, well, 'bone man David Gray was enjoying himself, Michael Lamb, trumpet, and reedsman Keith Robinson preferring to adopt the muso's detached, concentrated look. The partially obscured rhythm boys at the back of the truck (mobile stage) held it all together with pianist Ben Imrye taking a vocal on Skirts before Madam Viper herself, the fabulous washboard playing frontwoman Bobbi Charleston, took it home on Big, Big Man

And that was that, or rather the sound engineer thought so, quick to double up as DJ for the weekend. The crowd wanted more, the DJ relented, and back came the House of the Black Gardenia to give us Bobbi C pleading Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes
Russell 
Bobbi Charleston (washboard, vocals); Michael Lamb (trumpet); Keith Robinson (tenor, clarinet, flute); David Gray (trombone); Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Ben Imrye (piano); Neil Hopper (bass, sousaphone); Kit Haigh (drums) 

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