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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Ashington Jazz Club.

Jim McBriaty (clt/vcl), Ray Harley (tpt), Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl), Colin Haikney (pno), Ian Hetherington (dms), Alan Rudd (bass), Olive Rudd (vcl).
This is definitely the favourite band of the Elephant stalwarts - so much so that they turn up an hour early to secure a front row seat!
Better than average turnout - almost 50.
After a couple of openers Nobody's Sweetheart saw Jim giving a "New Century Ragtime" slant to his vocal followed by Herbie singing Ballin the Jack and an instrumental version of Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me.
The ever popular Olive sang Some of These Days and they rode out to the interval on My Girl Sal with Ray Harley in top form.
After the raffle Herbie took the vocal on Sonny Boy, Olive sang Just Friends before, in my opinion, the highlight of the evening, Herbie's only harmonica number, the George Benson style Masquerade. Dep piano player Colin Haikney got a nice setting on the keyboard and played very sympathetically.
They received an unbelievable round of applause at the end.
Next came Momma's Gone Goodbye, Melancholy Baby, Sally and In a Mellow Tone. They ended with Swing That Music. Two of Olive's numbers went into double tempo - both carried out without a hitch.
John Taylor.

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