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Marc Myers: " If the original group with Baker was Dover sole, the group with Brookmeyer was beef stew." - (JazzWax, December 7, 2019).

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Today Tuesday December 10

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Puppini Sisters @ The Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead.

Marcello Puppini, Stephanie O'Brien, Kate Mullins (The "Puppini Sisters"); Blake Wilner (gtr); Henrik Jensen (bs); Pete? (dms).
Irrespective of what's been and what's to come - This Was It! 
Immaculately gowned and coiffured, the girls gave a stunning performance that, for me, was absolutely outstanding. 
The opener, Bei Mir Bist Du Schon, was inspired by - and possibly even eclipsed - the original Andrews Sisters version. That's how good it was. Was I In Love? (that was the tune's title and also the question I posed myself as these three lovely ladies strutted their stuff), Mr. Sandman (a fifties hit for The Chordettes) led to a take on Kay Starr's version of Side By Side. Kay did a multi track duet with herself back then and the girls simulated it superbly.
It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing - the first show-stopper.. The inspiration this time was provided by the greatest of all the early girl groups - The Boswell Sisters. If Connie Boswell had been around to hear this I swear she'd have leapt out of her wheelchair and joined in. Changes of mood and tempo plus snatches of Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby and Mambo Italiano made this something else!
I Feel Pretty and True Love eased the way for another Boswellian epic - Heebie Jeedbies. Was this the closer? No we had Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B as an encore. Wow! this was another classic. These girls don't just sing - they move and how! They can shake their butts better than almost anyone I know.
The accompanying group were absolutely right on the money and the girls themselves had some instrumental moments with Marcello playing accordion, Kate, glockenspiel and melodica and Stephanie, flute.
Next time let's have them back as headliners.
Lance.

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