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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.

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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.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Take the Metro Train and make sure they Drop You Off at Tynemouth

(Review by Russell).
St.James’ Metro station. People get ready there’s a train a-comin’. Get on board. Next stop Monument. Margaret B. got on board, two jazz-loving Americans in tow. Welcome aboard the 12:16 Jazz Age Time Travel Special! The next station is Tynemouth. Alight here for the Roaring Twenties. Blue Skies. Sun beating down, cracking the refurbished glass roof canopy, the station platform resembled Grand Central Station at rush hour. Excuse me, thank you. Excuse me, thanks.
Making headway through the throng took time and patience. A familiar face here (Norman), over there (Dave K) and that’s Roly (on the bandstand – give him a wave). Hi Ruth (looking cool in black, expressing concern at the unfamiliar keys on which she was about to exercise her vocals chords). Maureen H had secured a spot half way up the stairs (over there to your left). Over on the right a local politician – just out of reach of a left hook - was basking in the reflected glory of the assembled talent. 
The talent: John Carstairs Hallam’s Sweet and Hot Orchestra: John Carstairs Hallam (double bass), Brian Chester (piano), Roly Veitch (guitar), Ian Forbes (drums), Jim McBriarty (alto saxophone, clarinet & vocals), Alan Marshall (alto saxophone & clarinet), Gavin Lee (tenor saxophone), Sue Ferris (tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet), Alan Smith (trumpet), Mick Hill (trumpet), Neville Hartley (trombone), Don Fairley (trombone) & Ruth Lambert (vocals). 
St.Louis Blues signalled the start of the one hour set. Drummer Ian Forbes’ crisp work set-up the brass section, reeds followed with the rhythm section well oiled (musically you understand – this was a professional engagement). All on the stand were reading their parts determined to meet MD Carstairs Hallam’s exacting standards. The avuncular bandleader had clearly devoted many hours to lovingly arranging the material. Jeepers Creepers, A Tisket A Tasket (great vocal by Ruth ‘Ella’ Lambert), Moonlight Serenade, A String of Pearls, South of the Border and The Palais Glide (expertly arranged)  were but a few of many familiar dance band numbers. 
Camera phones were held aloft to capture the moment, couples danced and jugglers kept their eyes firmly on the tools of their trade as stilt walkers turned many a head. The next train out of town pulled into Platform 1. All aboard for the Crescent Club Jazz Special! Down the tracks to Cullercoats Bay the seahorses reared-up, then, backs broken, lay spent, exhausted on the sands. 
Inside, the place was busy. The second set was about to begin. A seat was offered, most welcome. The JCH Sweet and Hot had recruited one or two of the house band regulars for the day along the line at Tynemouth so deps were called in and they proved more than able. Bassist Bill Colledge came over from the South Side and the inimitable Roy Gibson played piano. Regular front man Iain MacAulay added another six strings to his bow – he played guitar during drummer Ollie Rilland’s rock ‘n’ roll medley – and clarinetist Derek Fleck sat and played as if in his own front room (relaxed I’d say!). Teresa Armstrong and John Broddle sang. The great Doris Fenn (ukulele) sat in second set. 
The day had started in Tynemouth with St.Louis Blues and - what’s the odds? – finished in Cullercoats with St.Louis Blues. For the record: Iain MacAulay (trombone, trumpet, guitar & vocals), Derek Fleck (clarinet), Roy Gibson (keyboards), Bill Colledge (electric bass), Ollie Rillands (drums & vocals), Doris Fenn (ukulele), Teresa Armstrong (vocals) & John Broddle (vocals). 
Next train Newcastle. In toon we called into Marks and Spencers for a pot of tea, a black coffee and teacakes. Aye, we jazzers live life in the fast lane.
Photos Courtesy of Carstairs.
Russell  

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