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Friday, July 30, 2010

Rendezvous Jazz @ The Porthole, North Shields

Maureen Hall (vcl), Iain MacAulay (tpt/tmb/vcl), Barry Soulsby (clt/vcl), Roy Gibson (pno), Jim McKeown (dms). + Teresa Armstrong (vcl), Doris Fenn (bjo).
It's all very sedate at the Porthole on a Friday - and nothing wrong with that! However, for me the mood is more late night than early afternoon. It is so laid back the band don't even stand up for solos!
Having said that, the room was full and everyone enjoyed Maureen's All Of Me, Dream, Someday Sweetheart plus a few other good old good ones - Maureen was in good voice. Iain MacAulay - apologies if I've spelt your name wrong - played melodic trombone as well as some nice middle of the range trumpet. All this despite having toothache! Iain also sang All I Do Is Dream Of You with his own special lyrics. Barry blew smooth clarinet and also laid claim to the title of The King of the Swingers - presumably Ronnie Young abdicated long ago. (In-joke for local jazzers of a certain age!).
The rhythm section chugged nicely along aided by Doris Fenn on the b-a-n-j-o and some good work from Roy Gibson on piano.
During the interval, the evergreen girl, Teresa delighted us with The Nearness Of You.
It was a good afternoon with Draught Bass having the edge at the pumps.
Lance.
PS: Pleasant company included Andy Lee and J.C.Hallam.

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