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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Customs House Big Band with Ruth Lambert @ Customs House, South Shields. March 24



Peter Morgan (md/tmb), Ken de Vere, Gordon Marshall, Michael Lamb, Simon Dennis, Paul Riley-Gledhill (tpts), Chris Gurgit-Smith, Mike Fletcher, Gareth Weaver (tmbs), Jill Brett (alt/flt), Elaine Willis (alt/clt), Alan Marshall, Jim McBriarty (ten), Chris Atkinson (bar), Bill Britain (pno), John Lowe (bs), Roy Willis (gtr), Ian Wynd (dms), Ruth Lambert (vcl).



All I can do is reiterate Russell's comments from last night - albeit I don't share his apathy towards Glenn Miller, possibly because In The Mood was the first record I ever bought and it sent me on this wonderful journey that took over the rest of my life!

What Russell didn't mention was that Jim McBriarty had nice solos on Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue and I've Found a New Baby or that trumpets Lamb and Dennis also blew well. The trumpet section tonight, incidentally, was filled out by Gordon Marshall.
Stardust didn't bother me and I applaud the attempt to present it differently  Artie Shaw still rules on that one though.
What did knock me out was the rich and lush arrangement of Warm Feeling - it had just that!
And Ruth! As well as the numbers Russell enthused about, our girl also did Love is Here To Stay, Bewitched, Night and Day, The Man I Love and a knock-out version of Time After Time where her jazz qualities really took hold.
Excellent concert although not the full house it deserved.
Lance.
PS: I agree - Jill was exceptional.
Customs House Big Band website.

2 comments :

Bill Weston said...

We were at the Customs House on Tuesday 23rd and enjoyed the programme. At some point during the evening Peter Morgan advised us that the band would be playing in September at the Saville Exchange. Would you know the exact date as I can't find it on the Saville website.

Lance said...

June 18 at the Saville. 8:00 start.

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