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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rendezvous Jazz @ Preston Grange Community Centre. July 30th

Maureen Hall (vocals), Alan Smith (trumpet & flugelhorn), Mac Rae (clarinet & vocals), Iain McAulay (trombone & vocals), Mac Smith (piano), John Robinson (double bass) & Jim McKeown (drums) + second set Doris Fenn (banjo).
Maureen Hall's Rendezvous Jazz has settled in nicely at Preston Grange Community Centre in North Shields following the closure of the band's previous long-running venue. A sizeable room and reasonably priced beer made for a decent place to hear some jazz and many of the band's regular followers have made the effort to get along, determined to get their regular helping of good, honest, foot-tapping jazz.
Veteran Mac Rae got things going with a vocal on Ice Cream before Maureen Hall got up to sing Should I (Reveal)? Trumpeter Alan Smith led the line well throughout the evening and on Wabash Blues he played flugel and muted trumpet to great effect. The jocular Scot Iain McAulay sang Dinah in his usual relaxed style and then the band played a steaming Redwing. Bandleader Hall took it down a peg ot two as she felt the Down Hearted Blues.
The second set saw the band augmented by the excellent Doris Fenn on banjo and Hall sang, rather huskily, I Can't Give You Anything But Love. From husky to grizzled, Mac Rae provided the highlight of the evening singing St.James' Infirmary. He was cold-eyed, measured and one damn good story teller.
Next weekend Rendezvous Jazz can be heard Friday and Saturday (5th & 6th August) in Windermere at the Manor Hotel. Should you fancy a weekend break telephone the hotel to check availability on 01539 445801.
From September onwards Rendezvous Jazz can be heard at Preston Grange first Saturday in the month. Half past eight start, £2.50. at the door.
Russell.

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