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Monday, December 22, 2014

Roly Veitch-Jeremy McMurray Quartet with Steve Andrews @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. December 21

RolyVeitch (guitar & vocals), Jeremy McMurray (keyboards), Mick Shoulder (double bass), Adam Sinclair (drums) & Steve Andrews (tenor & soprano saxophones, clarinet)  + Ruth Lambert (vocals)
(Review by Russell).
Derby day (0-1), the shortest day, Blaydon Jazz Club day (evening). Black Bull regulars spent hours in the kitchen preparing, baking and cooking all manner of culinary delights (cakes, pies, quiche, sausages) for the traditional table of festive offerings. The music in store promised to be the icing on top.
Club promoter Roly Veitch invited old friend Steve Andrews to make the journey across the Pennines to play a few tunes in the company of Teesside pianist Jeremy McMurray, County Durham’s Mick Shoulder (double bass) and Tynesider Adam Sinclair (drums). A relaxed set of some rarely heard numbers together with one or two standards and a Father Christmas sack full of one liners from Andrews made for an enjoyable evening.
 I Want to be Happy opened the show with Andrews on soprano then tenor, then soprano once more. Veitch weighed in with a vocal on But Not for Me (Andrews clarinet). Andrews spoke of his admiration for Artie Shaw and played a couple of songs associated with him – Don’t Take Your Love From Me and My Heart Stood Still (clarinet and soprano). In between the two Take the A Train departed for Harlem calling at Metro Centre, Central Station and all stations Way Out West.
Andrews’ trademark robust, wide vibrato tenor told us about Sweet Lorraine and the first set drew to a close with Shoulder and Sinclair firing on all cylinders on Tangerine.
The interval cholesterol feast met with approval and a platter made its way through to the bar for the Black Sheep drinkers to sample the fayre. Donated raffle prizes were plentiful. So many were they the start of the second set was delayed a while as just about everyone was in with a chance of winning a prize!
A mid-winter Autumn Leaves (Jeremy McMurray, piano, Veitch, guitar) resumed music matters and birthday boy Veitch sang Look for the Silver Lining. Yes, R. Veitch thought he’d got away with it not mentioning his birthday. The room sang Happy Birthday (lots of smiling faces) and Andrews’ leisurely tenor suggested Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas before inviting Ruth Lambert to join the boys on the stand to sing All of Me (the jazz singer dying, but not quite daring, to swing it!). Short of a Santa hat, Lambert sang Santa Baby. Anytime Ruth, not just Christmas!
You Can Depend on Me (Andrews, tenor and soprano and a swift fours with Sinclair) and in no time last orders were about to be called. Lester Leaps In beat the bell.
Thanks were offered all round; to the superb musicians on the stand, to Mr Roly Veitch for  keeping Blaydon Jazz Club on the road for thirty-plus years and  to ‘Mine Host’ at the Black Bull, a bouquet of flowers.
A thrilling occasion is in prospect with the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band taking to the Black Bull’s modest stage when the club reconvenes on March 15. A dynamic big band in a small room. It has all the makings of being a contender for Gig of the Year 2015!   
Russell.

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