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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Maine Street Jazzmen w. Mike Bird @ Rosie Malone's.

Herbie Hudson (tmb/hmca/vcl), Derek Fleck (clt), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Ollie ? (dms), Olive Rudd (vcl). Special guest - Mike Bird (clt).
The audience had increased tenfold since the last time I looked in at "Rosie's" by which I don't mean there were ten people in the room. It was a sizable crowd and even if they weren't all jazzers they seemed to enjoy themselves.
Accordingly, the band responded to the atmosphere and got a good stomping sound with Olive and Herbie sharing the vocals. "Mei Bir Mist Du Schoen" being a particulary good one for Olive.
Sitting in this afternoon was Mike Bird, a fine clarinet player from Wakefield, who opened up with a Goodman-like blast on "Indiana". "China Boy", "Mood Indigo" and others followed. He fit in well with Derek and the two had some sympathetic exchanges.
This was an excellent afternoon with all 7 guys (today you're a guy Olive) having moments of glory.
Make a note of Mike Bird - worth catching if he's back in the area. If Mike reads this perhaps he'll make a note to let us know if and when he returns.
"Nowt like this in Wakefield" he said. (He was referring to Pub Jazz as opposed to the renowned Wakefield Jazz Club.)

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