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OCTOBER

THURSDAY 1

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

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Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00 -10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish. CANCELLED! Back on October 8

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk.

FRIDAY 2

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk. SOLD OUT!

Lee Bates - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. A Blind Pig Blues Club event.

SATURDAY 3

Emma Wilson Blues Band - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop.

SUNDAY 4

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quintet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop. The band’s 25th anniversary celebrations!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Harlem Hot Stompers @ Boston Spa December 14

John Ronnan (trombone), Bill Smith (clarinet), John Reade (piano), Ian McCann (banjo & guitar), Grant Taylor (drums), Dave Taylor (clarinet) & Dave Parr (bass).
(Review by Ray Robson).
Where better to feel full of the Christmas spirit than to join the party with our friends at Boston Spa? We headed south full of "joie de vivre" .....the high street awash with seasonal decorations had us whistling carols as we entered the hall, with another full house - many in Xmas hats & with balloons aplenty - tempting us to dream of that nowadays elusive White Christmas.
A rousing start led us to Dallas Blues then the classic Gatemouth before a spot of Riverside Blues. John Reade on piano gave a virtuoso solo of the 1899 Kerry Mills’ Whistling Rufus, before the full band reconvened to The Blues my Naughty Sweetie Gives to me;  Spencer Williams’ Tishomingo Blues & a very lively East Coast Trot. How to close the set?  The redoubtable Bill Smith sang us out with Down by the Riverside........
The Stompers are led by a superb front line, we knew Bill Smith from great Savannah Jazz Band nights but John Ronnan was for us a newcomer (I'm sure he'll like that term !) who for us was the star of the night. Dave Taylor is a recent "transfer market" addition after the sad loss in April of Band Leader Tony Foulkes, but he knitted seamlessly into the "team". Behind every good front line is a solid rhythm section, no exception in the Stompers, a very tight performance by John, Ian, Dave & "young" Grant.
A splendiferous sumptuous banquet of a buffet did the Spa proud but left us feeling like seasonal birds must on the morning itself ....well done to all though, impeccable organisation as always!
I digress ...to the music ....High Society opened the second set with Saint James Infirmary Blues (ft vcl JT) rousing the crowd....no brollies indoors to partake in Bourbon Street Parade unfortunately, but singers aplenty as we joined with John Reade to singalonga Christmas ...the old favourites tripping off the tongue ...White Christmas, Good King Wenceslas, Silent Night,  Winter Wonderland, Rudolph, Jingle Bells then finally We Wish you a Merry Christmas .....we were transported back to the family Christmas's of yesteryear, the family singing around the piano ...memories are indeed made of this as they say.
Still time for a few more, Doctor Jazz (a poignant tribute to Tim who helped make Jazz at the Spa what its is today), a full band Jingle Bells then back to jazz with Avalon, Please don’t talk about us when we are gone (sic), & finally a splendid Tiger Rag drew a well deserved rousing applause in gratitude of a great night.
Time to put away the hats - for now - & head into the night, but with that warm feeling inside that nights like this provide you with.
Ray Robson
Next Jazz at the Spa 4th Jan Savannah Jazz Band, then 11 Jan Kid Boyd Jazz Band, 18 Jan Tame Valley Stompers, 26 Jan Alan Barnes, John Hallam & the Tom Kinkaid trio


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