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August

Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Jazz Esquires Farewell To The Porthole - Wednesday March 13.

Laurie Brown Leader & Drums, Stan Nicholson Bass Guitar, Robin Douthwaite Guitar, Roy Gibson Keyboard, Terry Dalton Trombone, Tony Winder Reeds, Miles Watson Trumpet & Vocal.
(Report by Miles)
After 27 plus years it was a wrench for the Esquires to say farewell to the old pub although it was anything but a sad occasion. From the usual opener It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing the band ran the gamut of the book from Ida Sweet as Apple Cider through to Intermission Riff in the first half.
Brian Lineham took the interval with his harmonica, Dave “Bosie” sang a couple of numbers, the rhythm section gave us The Girl From Ipanema. A passing bugler sang The Pub Has No Beer, as most of the pumps had run dry, and That's My Desire, and Peter Morgan performed the raffle with his usual aplomb.
The second half started off with roaring C Jam Blues and kept the pressure up until the final Woodchoppers Ball. The girls behind the bar, Tracy & Pam, did sterling work and will be sorely missed by the band and the audience who were the usual great crowd and who have promised to follow on to the Black Horse.
An ironic post script to the whole affair was the news that the pub is not now closing, the owner intends to keep the bar open while he converts the upstairs to a restaurant!
Miles.

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