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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Millstone. Nov 24

(Review by Russell/photo from BSH archive).
The last one of the year. The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band’s monthly open rehearsal night saw one or two deps in, perhaps the regulars were Christmas shopping or maybe stranded at a distant Metro station thanks to day-long delays on Tyne and Wear’s so-called ‘rapid’ transit system. Audience numbers were down slightly making available a couple of seats.
Vocalist F’reez sang about seeing on a clear day and walking his baby back home. Alice Grace sang about being too darn hot. Benny Golson’s Whisper Not heard several roaring solos courtesy of Messrs Paul Gowland, Michael Lamb, Jamie Toms and Steve Summers. The band ran through a Bill Holman arrangement of Stevie Wonder as prep for their next gig. The session was very much ‘workshop’ rather than ‘polished concert performance’.

Occasions such as this give a fascinating insight into the workings of a big band.
Steve Summers toted alto, soprano and flute, taking the honours on Horace Silver’s Sister Sadie. One wonders which is Dr Summers’ first instrument? Horace Silver wouldn’t have hesitated to hire him on any of them! The Strictly Smokin’ have a busy gig diary over the next few weeks: December 14th @ Sage Gateshead in support of the BMus Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music course; December 16th and 17th @ The Black Swan (tickets have been selling like hot cakes, a few left for Friday, very few left for Saturday 17th); a post-Christmas blow out @ Hoochie Coochie, Thursday 29th and a New Year’s Eve bash over at Prohibition Bar on Brandling Street, Gateshead.            
The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band’s monthly session at the Millstone, South Gosforth (seven o’clock, free admission) resumes Thursday January 26, 2017. Do get along, the real ales are tip top and you’ll be supporting the grass roots of the music.
Russell.    
Strictly Smokin’ Big Band: trumpets: Michael Lamb MD, Pete Tanton, Tom Hill, Dick Stacey; trombones: ?, Mark Ferris, John Flood, Keith Norris; Paul Gowland (tenor), Jamie Toms (tenor), Steve Summers (alto, soprano, flute), Keith Robinson (alto), Laurie Rangecroft (baritone), Mick Wright (guitar), Michael Whent (bass), Alan ? (drums); vocals: Alice Grace & F’reez


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