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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Customs House Big Band July 5 New Crown Hotel South Shields.

The last open rehearsal before the summer break produced some new material as well as the old favourites. The band started with a smooth arrangement of Georgia On My Mind, Ruth Lambert ran through Cheek To Cheek and the band finished with a Thad Jones number Big Dipper.
The concert section opened up with Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Girl?), Ruth did the polished version of Cheek To Cheek, the band then played Arillo Del Mar? and Ruth tackled Mack The Knife, it was nice to hear Polly Peachum getting a name check instead of Satchmo's Lotte Lenya. Have You Met Miss Jones? well the band had and did her proud, At Last was Ruth in fine ballad form and the band finished with a funk number Here's The Rub, at times it felt like where's the coda? but they got there eventually.
Most of the usual members were there with a few deps - Amber Reeve alto, Ian Wynd drums "Squib" ? trombone & Colm Rooney piano.
A mention must be made of the 20 or so in the audience a record I think.
Miles

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