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Today Tuesday January 21



Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Cancelled - room being decorated back on Jan. 28.



Air4ce - Cluny 2, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel: 0191 230 4474. Doors 7:30pm. £8.00. Ginger Baker tribute featuring regional jazz & blues musicians.

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00.

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.


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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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