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13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie Malone's South Shields.

Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl), Derek Fleck (clt), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Tommy Graham (dms), Olive Rudd (vcl).
Another fun packed afternoon at "Rosies" with everyone on form - even Derek dropped the mask of inscrutability. This may have been because of his innovative idea of using an alto reed on clarinet. Whether by intent or accident I don't know but it played okay. The question now is, was Derek playing a clariphone or an altonet?
The repertoire was as per with few surprizes although this was one occasion when familiarity certainly didn't breed contempt. I say few surprizes but "Summertime", played as an uppish tempoed jazz waltz, was new to me and it worked.
Herbie did his thing on harmonica as well as a few vocals and a plunger solo on, I think, the aforementioned "Summertime" that could have been mistaken for Lawrence McBriarty - or did I mean 'Tricky Sam' Nanton?
As always, Olive strutted her stuff with verve and vitality - "Sister Kate" had an almost vaudevillian appeal whilst her opener, "All of Me," seemed like an extension of last night's finale at the Chilli. There was also a duet with Herbie on "Deed I Do" which replaced "I Wished on the Moon" - next week Olive?
On drums, Tommy Graham - the facial resemblance to his father Johnny is markedly noticeable - drove things along nicely ably supported by Alan on bass and Malcolm on piano.
As usual, the gig was well-attended but where, I ask, are the South Shields jazz fraternity? Until a few years back South Shields had a thriving jazz club - there must be a few of the former members still around.
Lance.

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