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Today Saturday February 29

Afternoon

Jazz

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester le Street DH3 3PZ.. Tel: 07958 302745. 12:00 noon. Open Section (senior) competition. (Winners’ concert - 7:00pm). £15.00. weekend ticket, £12.00. day ticket, £5.00. under 16. Day 2/3.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Keith Nichols w New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. Tickets £15.00 from 0191 281 4011. Line-up includes guests Keith Nichols (piano, vocals) & Nick Ward (drums).

Mike Lovatt w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.70. Trumpet virtuoso w SSBB.

Mansion of Snakes - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Donations. Cobalt’s Late Night Jazz Club. Band + DJ.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Red Hot Riot - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Seaton Sluice & District Social Club. May 13, 2013

Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica & vocals), Ray Harley (trumpet), Jim McBriarty (baritone saxophone, clarinet & vocals), George Richardson (keyboards), Alan Rudd (double bass), Ian Hetherington (drums) & Olive Rudd (vocals)
(Review by Russell).
Seaton Sluice Social Club, overlooking Collywell Bay, rivals Cullercoats Crescent Club for its panoramic views of the North Sea. Cullercoats jazzers could do worse than to get along to the Maine Street Jazzmen’s monthly session up the coast and for those keen to trip the light fantastic the concert room boasts a sizeable dance floor – they were up from the first number. The beers, standard CIU keg variety, activated this reviewer’s default position…a pint of Guinness, please.
One of the  Maine Streets’ strengths is the vocal talent within the band with Jim McBriarty, Herbie Hudson and Olive Rudd sharing the duties. The Darktown Strutters’ Ball showcased Jim McB’s vaudevillian style, I Got Rhythm exclaimed Olive R (she sure has) as Mr Alan Rudd stoked a cookin’ rhythm section behind hot-shot trumpeter Ray Harley.
Across two sets McBriarty played baritone sax and clarinet (is there a member of the reeds’ family that he doesn't play?), Hudson played jazz harmonica and pianist George Richardson played all eighty eight keys.  The blues added gravitas to the performance, none more so than Olive R insisting that someone should Make Me a Pallet on the Floor - Harley’s response was to play some blues. Front man Hudson sang Buddy Bolden’s Blues, Olive I Double Dare You and the ensemble excelled on Royal (Alnwick) Garden Blues. Good time jazz played with good humour. A good night out. The next session in Seaton Sluice is on Sunday 2 June (8:00 pm).                  
Russell.

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