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Brian Carrick: "I contacted Max Jones of Melody Maker and offered to be his correspondent in the States, but I should have done what Ken Colyer had done, get a job on a ship and then jump ship in the States. So I didn't make it [to New Orleans] till 1973." - (Just Jazz May 1999)

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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Punchbowl, Jesmond Thursday 29 March

The last Thursday in the month rehearsal session in the lounge of the Punchbowl on Jesmond Road in Newcastle is the ideal opportunity to hear a cracking big band - on this occasion twenty of them! - working out arrangements in a relaxed environment. Charts old and new – Love for Sale and Oh Lady be Good to Wonderwall and Feeling Good (excellent vocal from James Hedley) – served to illustrate the breadth of material and depth of talent in the ranks of Michael Lamb’s Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. Tenor player Paul Gowland and American ex-pat trumpeter Pete Tanton excelled on Bobby Timmons’ Moanin’
A good number of customers were there to listen including three new converts to big band jazz - one of them had chanced upon the band’s February rehearsal night and suitably impressed brought along partner and friend to this month’s session! Two hours flew by, first-rate drummer Guy Swinton announced the band’s next public engagement (Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, Thursday April 5th , 8:00 pm prompt, FREE admission) and, having enjoyed a pint of Deuchar’s IPA, it was time to head into town to catch the second set of the jam session at the aforementioned Hoochie Coochie (check out Lance’s review). 
Another big band rehearsal night to look forward to is the Customs House Big Band’s regular first Tuesday in the month engagement at the New Crown in South Shields (Tuesday April 3rd, FREE admission) but before then you can hear the band in concert tonight (Friday) with the incomparable Ruth Lambert at HQ (aka The Customs House, South Shields).
Russell

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