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Friday, July 08, 2011

Golden Wedding @ Jazz @ The Fell @ The Legion

John Cowan (cornet); Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl); Jim McBriarty (alt/clt/vcl); George Richardson (pno); Alan Rudd (bs); Ian Hetherington (dms); Olive Rudd (vcl)
Ron Pollard welcomed everyone to his 50th Golden Wedding anniversary which by my reckoning means Ron and Joyce have been married for 2,500 years - or maybe it just seems like it!
Only joking, Ron and Joyce, I think you are one of the happiest couples I know - your chemistry on the dance floor proves it.
The Maine Street Jazzmen provided the music and were in good fettle. Jim McBriarty was back on clarinet and Ian Hetherington on drums. After the "Star couple" had twirled around the floor to The Anniversary Waltz the band set off in earnest with Big Butter and Egg Man. Herbie later sang Isle of Capri in a kind of Geordie patois and Olive sang Some of These Days diplomatically substituting "Your big fat mama" with "Your little sweet mama" as indeed befits the lady!
A thought occurred to me as I listened to the band playing China Boy. When George Richardson replaced Malcolm on piano it was akin to the time that Joe Bushkin replaced George Zack in Muggsy's Ragtime band.
Came the interval and the buffet was unveiled.
It was sumptuous and provided by members appreciative of the amount of time that Ron and Joyce have devoted to the music they love.
Several musos were in the audience including ex MSJ trumpet player Alan Smith, Roly Veitch, Mr and Mrs Bacon (Paul and Liz), Derek Cogger to mention but the ones I noticed.
I left as the second set began and I owe a massive apology to Joyce and Ron for leaving before Ron had finished his thank you speech but the number 54 was due...
Nevertheless, it was a wonderful evening and long may you both - and the Jazz Club - prosper. Photos by Eddie Carson.
Lance.

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