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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guest Don Fairley (trombone).

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

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Rendezvous Jazz @ The Black Horse. January 3

Maureen Hall (vocals), Barry Soulsby (clarinet & vocals), Iain McAulay (trombone, trumpet & vocals), Roy Gibson (keyboards), Jim McKeown (drums) & Doris Fenn (banjulele)
(Review by Russell)
Some people never learn; one should not attempt - not for the first time - to enter by the main door. Oops! Almost sent piano man Roy Gibson flying, positioned, as ever, back to the door, hard up against it. Typical pub gig set-up; pianist against the door, drummer in the bay window, front line seated, partially obscured from view by ill-considered partitioning (ship’s wheel, for some reason). The Cullercoats Brewery was represented on the bar (Shuggy Boat Blonde), so too the rarely seen cask Bass. A good start to the afternoon.
Cadbury Cream Eggs are in the shops you know. To celebrate, clarinetist Barry Soulsby led off with Easter Parade. Good Egg Soulsby’s silky clarinet shared frontline duties with multi instrumentalist Iain McAulay (trombone and some trumpet, thankfully/sadly - delete as applicable - the amiable Scot had locked away his bagpipes for another year). Maureen Hall sang a few tunes, for the most part content to shine the spotlight on her charges. Hall told us You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You and to commemorate one of the band sporting a shiner (name withheld), offered an excellent take on Black and Blue. McAulay sang China Boy, Roy You Hum It Son, I’ll Play It Gibson supplied, right on cue, decorative Oriental accompaniment. Hall closed the first set with a rousing I Double Dare You. Interval raffle tickets (sold a pup), Bass no longer available (he who hesitates), another Shuggy Boat a more than acceptable substitute.
Hall welcomed Doris Fenn to the ‘bandstand’ (a seat in the carpeted engine room alongside stoker-in-chief Jim McKeown). You’re Nobody’s Sweetheart Now heard Hall at her best (rhythm section cookin’) and a highlight of the year (early days!) featured McAulay’s trombone on Georgia. A good session. Lunchtime sessions are clearly to the liking of the regulars at the Black Horse. Night owls can catch the band along the coast on Saturday night (Jan 4) at the Sandpiper on Farringdon Road in Cullercoats. Admission £3.00. – a bargain to be sure with the additional delights of Don Fairley (McAulay and Fairley, two of the finest ‘bonemen east of the Mississippi) and star clarinetist Gavin Lee. 8:30 stomp off.   
Russell.           .                        

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