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Thursday, May 28, 2009

River City Jazzmen @ The Swan, Choppington

Gordon Solomon (tmb), Jim McBriarty (sax/clt), Keith Stephen (gtr), Bill Brooks (bs0, Fred Thompson (dms).
The R.C. always do this monthly venue as a trumpetless 5 piece. Sadly, last night, the pull of the Champions League was greater up here than it was in Heaton according to Lance's report from The Chilli. I think band and audience played a score draw fives each. (No, the audience clinched it in extra time after a penalty shoot out.)
Jim McBriaty seems to be the regular clarinet player now. He also did some superb work on his new dark blue soprano sax.
They played one number that Gordon did not know. Keith shouted the chords out for him (from memory) as they played. By the end of the tune that was another fine one for the pad.
Fred sang a few requests and I won a bottle of wine in the raffle.
Altogether a nice night out. Solly (Gordon Solomon), informed me that the line up was the one he is bringing to Ashington on the 8th of July, with the addition of Ray Harley on trumpet.
The River City have several gigs with Ray around the start of July including the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival and the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Its always worth looking out for the programme for the "Mouth". Usually 3 jazz bands on the Saturday and 3 on the Sunday on Tynemouth High Street.
Watch this space for details.
John T.

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