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Thursday 6: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free. OUTDOOR gig.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie Malone's South Shields.

Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl), Derek Fleck (clt), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Ian Forbes (dms), Olive Rudd (vcl).
Well, now I know why Ian Forbes didn't hang around at the Chilli - he obviously wanted to have a good night's sleep ahead of today's demanding session at Rosie Malone's - not.
Like the Northumberland Tennis Club, this too is a new jazz venue albeit they are poles apart and I don't mean in distance. Having said that, I did notice a couple of characters hanging around outside who looked as though they may have been involved with the rackets. Closer inspection revealed them to be Traffic Wardens. They were rubbing their hands with glee at a Transit parked on a double yellow.
Back to the music. The Mainestreeters proved one thing - you don't need a trumpet to play traditional (ish) jazz. The two man frontline alternated melody and soloed with no lack of vigour.
Herbie, frequently favouring a plunger mute, and Derek, facile and inventive.
Herbie also had the 'Hohner 270' in action; his wailing on "See See Rider" could have come straight from an oldtime Chicago bluesman.
Behind the horns, Malcolm Armstrong played his own brand of Stride and Barrelhouse, Ian proved that his early night was worth it whilst Alan Rudd showed that there is more than one "Bass Ace" on the scene.
Olive Rudd's vocals kept things lively scoring Dix Point with "I Double Dare You", "Smiling (When You're,)" and "All of Me" among others.
An enjoyable afternoon that would have been enhanced by a few more jazzers in the audience; after all, it's only a ferryboat ride from the Porthole.
Lance.

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