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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, March 09, 2019

The Cellar Boys @ Bix Fest, Racine, Wisconsin - Mar 8

(Review by Russell)

The Cellar Boys were the main attraction on Friday evening at Bix Fest 2019. Andy Schumm and the boys gig regularly in the Chicago area and for this festival appearance up in Wisconsin a couple of deps made up the numbers. During the course of the evening, a slew of sitters-in would join the party including Whitley Bay favourite David Boeddinghaus. 

ClementineDinah, the opening numbers featured Schumm at the piano. The man's main instrument - trumpet/cornet - stayed in his gig bag this evening with a more than adequate trumpet-clarinet/alto sax frontline. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out brought Boeddinghaus to the stand as Schumm switched most effectively to tenor sax. My Gal  SalSomeday You'll be Sorry, the line-up now changing at a rate of knots. The Cellar Boys' Paul Asaro decided it was time to play some piano alongside regular Racine swing dancer Peter Ho who just happens to play hot trumpet! 

Two hours or so had flown but not before Dave Bock was up for playing tuba. It had been quite some evening and it wasn't over yet. 

Ragtime piano masters Reginald Robinson and John Reed-Torres offered a taste of what was to come during their Sunday afternoon concert performance with a short demonstration of their talents accompanying a series of silent movie shorts from the early years of cinema. Talent in abundance, Sunday promises to be something special.
Russell

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