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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Phil Mason's New Orleans All Stars @ Saville Exchange

Phil Mason (cnt), Mickey Potts (tmb), Roger Myerscough(bar/clt), Tony Pitt (bjo), Trevor Williams (bs), Laurie Chescoe (dms/wbd), Christine Tyrell (vcl). This was a culture shock! It had been a long time since I'd heard an out and out New Orleans style band - I usually avoid post 1960 trad bands like the plague - and as the strident, unrelenting plonk of the banjo in the opening number cut through me, I began planning my escape route.
However, as my ears became accustomed to the polyphonic sound of the frontline, I accused myself of being a musical snob and said, "Lance - enjoy it!"
I DID enjoy it - it was fun. Nothing mindbending, just good old fashioned foot-tapping fun. Trombone and Baritone were featured on "Sentimental Journey" - both had a big round tone that had the effect of muting the banjo - reminded me of Barnes and Williams albeit not quite Mulligan and Brookmeyer. Having remarked on the banjo, I have to admit that Tony Pitt is no slouch on the damn thing and he had some good solos throughout the gig.
Christine Tyrell sang a few Spiritual type numbers "Thank The Lord" got the hands clapping. "Ma Curly Headed Baby" was a rare choice and later, a suggestion of Country with "Crazy" before finishing off with "Big Butter and Egg Man."
Drummer Chescoe, apart from drumming, played tambourine, danced, thimbled washboard ... all with amazing dexterity.
For me though, the highlight was bassist Williams, playing and singing, "I Would Do Anything For You". Written, I believe, by Claude Hopkins and sung on record by Billy Banks back in the 20's/30's. It is a lovely piece - it made my night. If you don't know the tune - check it out on Spotify; Braff and Sutton is recommended.
Lance.

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