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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny. Mar 1

Neil Hunter (vocals), Terry O’Hern (trombone), Alan Thompson (tenor & baritone saxophones), Steve McGarvie (alto saxophone & vocals), Geoff Owens (keyboards), Bob Garrington (guitar), Ian Rigby (bass & vocals) & Gary Cain (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The Cluny. First Sunday in the month. Doors 12:30pm. The place heaving by 1:00pm. The Smokin’ Spitfires were in town. The Temptations, Bobby Bland, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett. A Memphis Stax Soul Survivors’ shindig. Neil Hunter and one or two of the ‘boys’ have been at it a long time. The same Neil Hunter who fronted the north east’s big soul band par excellence, the Eastside Torpedoes (back in the day).
The big soul voice as good as ever, the band the best around. 634-5789, Sweet Soul Music (Do You Like Good Music? asked Arthur Conley. Yeah, Yeah was the reply). The Cluny’s dance floor awash with sweating, heaving bodies getting’ on down. The horn section culled from Darlington Delta’s jazz fraternity – Terry O’Hern ( Eastside Torpedoes’ trombone veteran), Alan Thompson (tenor & baritone saxes) and backing vocalist extraordinaire Steve McGarvie (and no mean alto player!).
Interval. Outside, fresh air. Twenty minutes later, set two. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You), Holland, Dozier and Holland’s Motown classic had them on the floor again. They stayed there for the Trammps’ Hold back the Night, Hold On, I’m Comin’ and Move On Up. Exhausting stuff, superb band (rhythm section and horns). Once a month (first Sunday), what a gig!
The Bubble Foundation should be happy with this one!
Advance notice of a gig at a venue familiar to some – Friday April 17 the Smokin’ Spitfires will be in the upstairs room of the Gosforth Hotel (the pub on the corner of Gosforth High Street and Salters Road). 7:30pm. Tickets are £7.00. The only way to get one is to be at the Cluny next time – Sunday 5 April – or to buy one at the door. The Gosforth Hotel date has the makings of an ‘I was there’ gig. Russell.

1 comment :

  1. Oooh - this sounds ace - all that sweet soul music - yeah, yeah and yeah! Note to self, must get to Cluny on Sunday 5 April.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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