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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.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

King Bees @ Billy Bootleggers - July 6

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Scott Taylor (harmonica, guitar, vocals); Dominic Hornsby (piano, guitar, vocals); Simon Hedley (double bass); Giles Holt (drums) 
(Review by Russell) 
Newcastle's number one dive bar was quiet, at least it was some forty five minutes before the scheduled nine o'clock start. Yes, of course, punters were elsewhere watching eleven not-so-famous Belgians knock out the samba boys. At ten past nine with Billy Bootleggers rapidly filling up King Bees went to work. 

I Don't Know protested Scott Taylor, but dive bar regulars knew different, yet again King Bees were on it from the start. Front line co-star Michael Littlefield claimed he was going Cuckoo, what wasn't in doubt was the audience going cuckoo for the best rhythm and blues band in town. 
Harmonica man Taylor invariably takes the lion's share of the vocals and this evening he reeled off three classics - Just a FeelingMy Babe and Big Walter Horton's Hard Hearted Woman - with convincing vocals and superb harp playing. Littlefield's finely-tuned Chicago style guitar playing compliments his vibrato-laden vocals and he closed the first set with a brace - Walking by Myself and the clarion call Caldonia

Goose IPA the pick of the bunch, the boys in the band went to the bar. The Nelson Street basement venue doesn't do introductions, when the band is ready to go you'd better be ready, too. Hey! The second set is about to start! 

Scott Taylor tore in to Wynonie Harris' early fifties hit Lovin' Machine riding on drummer Giles Holt's inviting shuffle rhythm. Tyneside's swing dancers follow King Bees and, Billy Bootleggers being the kind of place it is, a couple of them took the floor. Littlefield sang about an Automatic Woman, piano man Dominic Hornsby, grabbing a vocal number, rattled the Kansas City 88s before Littlefield resumed centre stage to tell us about Tommy Johnson's Big Fat Mama Blues. To close their first Friday residency, by way of an encore, King Bees got their Mojo Working 
Russell.

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