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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Big Band Rehearsal at New Crown

The opportunity to eavesdrop on a rehearsal can be a rewarding experience, rather like watching a blank canvas evolve into a rich tapestry. It can also lead to you witnessing some lost souls up a creek sans paddle.
The Customs House Big Band went public tonight at the New Crown in South Shields preparatory to next months back to back gigs at the Customs House itself and I'm pleased to say they had paddles in abundance.
I'm not going to take away the 'Sound of Surprise' by revealing the actual numbers rehearsed. It will surely suffice for me to say that big band lovers are in for a treat.
Powerhouse brass, balanced saxes and a tight rhythm section. Add an MD controlling the dynamics and you have a very palatable recipe.
At the Customs House, Ruth Lambert will be taking care of the vocals and if you ain't heard Ruth with a big band behind her then, to coin a well worn, but nevertheless appropriate, phrase, 'you ain't heard nothin' yet'!
The band is on at the Customs House, South Shields on 24/25 March.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Hi Lance

I remember the New Crown being the South Tyne Jazz Club's old haunt.

Do you know when the big band's next rehearsal night is ?

Russell

Anonymous said...

April I believe.

Anonymous said...

The open rehearsals are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month, resuming on April 7th

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