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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Colin Dawson w. Levee Ramblers New Orleans Band Springwell Village Hall - April 1

Colin Dawson tpt, Dave Rae  bjo & vcl, Liz Bacon - clt, Paul Bacon - dms, Jim Blenkin - tmb, John Robinson - db bs, Mac Rae – clt/ dms/ vcl.
(Review by Ray Robson)
The Levee Ramblers rose from the ashes of the "Rae Brothers N.O. Band", with virtually the same line up bar Mick Hill or guest trumpeters taking Mac’s original role. The Springwell weekly set has been going some time now, though we have personally only "discovered" it since the sad demise of "Jazz at the Fell".
Tonight was quite a special event, with not only the appearance on guest trumpet of Colin Dawson, but with a "one man band" virtuoso sit in from Mac Rae taking in first clarinet then later drums & vocals!
Colin is an International Jazz Trumpeter, these days still based in Germany, but proud of his roots & obviously quite happy to sit in with friends at a small venue, probably a nice relaxing evening for him too.
The first two numbers flew by while we appreciated quite what a musical feast we faced ...Careless Love then Mac subbed on clarinet with both he & Colin giving an excellent lead on Mahogony Hall Stomp. Mac added vocals on My Blue Heaven then Willie the Weeper and Corrine Corrine showed us Colin's undoubted talent & reminded us that the rest of the band were pretty good too! Louis Armstrong's Shine took us to the interval where we tried to catch our breath & replenish our glasses. Royal Garden Blues kicked off the second half, with Punch Miller's Long Distance Blues keeping the pace swinging along. A quick break in the music, as we enjoyed the recital skills of Ken & laughed at his satnav exploits ....great verse & humour. Another tactical team change ....Mac moving to drums with Liz recalled at clarinet & Paul sitting out ....Over in the Gloryland echoed round the hall with Mac’s vocals, then we took the Canal Street Blues and a Sentimental Journey to a rousing finale with It’s My Party.
Sometimes good nights just sneak up on you ....& this was one of them ....the Levee Ramblers will always entertain you, but the addition of such a classy trumpet player & the welcome albeit temporary return of the prodigal Mac I felt really gave the packed Hall a first class night of New Orleans Jazz ...well done to all of you players.
Ray

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