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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. May 8

Maureen Hall (vocals), Jim McBriarty (clarinet & vocals), Don Fairley (trombone), Roy Gibson (keyboards) & George Davidson (drums & vocals)
(Review by Russell)
If it’s Friday it must be Rendezvous Jazz. The Piper (closed and reborn as the Sandpiper), the Porthole (closed, with a change of use to an architectural practice), then there was the Black Horse in Monkseaton. Maureen Hall and the boys wasted no time in moving a few doors down Front Street to the Monkseaton Arms. Next Friday…
Next Friday, joking aside, Rendezvous Jazz will be at the Monkseaton Arms! Building an audience is one thing, taking it with you is another thing entirely. Maureen Hall’s fans are a loyal lot and the Monkseaton Arms has seen an upturn in its Friday lunchtime trade. All seats taken, beer flowing, non-stop food orders, the publican can’t be anything other than delighted. Four hand pumps, Deuchar’s IPA and Black Sheep the favoured brews, a high stool vacant, the band sounded good. Vocal duties were shared between Hall, clarinet ace Jim McBriarty and the singing drummer George Davidson. Vaudevillian McBriarty sang to the sweeties (Sleepy Time Gal) and played flawlessly on clarinet. The Sheik of Araby, then Hall told us about a Big Butter and Egg Man. Having Don Fairley in the frontline is a guarantee of quality, having pianist Roy Gibson on the stand is a recipe for hilarity and fine roundabout playing (bass parts included). Maureen Hall’s Friday band is well worth hearing. In the temporary absence of Gavin Lee, dep McBriarty maintained the standard. Down the years Maureen Hall has been fortunate in being able to call upon a number of fine clarinet players. One former long serving member of the band, Barry Soulsby, died on Wednesday. Hall paid tribute to the man. Your reviewer knew him as a fine swinging jazz musician. When singing a song he did so with an impish sense of humour. Always one to say ‘hello’, always happy to have a chat, Barry Soulsby will be missed.  
Russell.                     

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