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Today Monday June 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Tenement Jazz Band - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:30pm (doors). Free (donations).

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Strictly Smokin’ @ The Millstone - September 28

(Review by Russell)
Another public rehearsal session at the newly refurbished Millstone with the SSBB. A varied set list starting with Maroon 5’s Sunday Morning. The all-American boys scored a couple of hits from their 2002 album Songs for JaneShe Will Be Loved and the aforementioned Sunday Morning. Strictly Smokin’ vocalist Alice Grace sang it with lyrics sheet in hand. It’s shaping up to be another winning tune for the band. The SSBB’s other vocalist – F’reez – sang, as he often does, Sunny, with a blast on alto from Keith Robinson.
At this monthly session the one thing you’re guaranteed is variety. Catch As Catch Can swung at a lick with Paul Gowland, tenor, breezing through his solo spot. Later Gowland rose to play Body and Soul duly winning applause from the regulars in the Millstone’s upstairs function room. The band is one of disciplined sections with a take-your-pick selection of accomplished soloists and several got a chance to have a blow including Pete Tanton, David Barnes, and the engine room boys Graham Don and Pawel Jedrzejewski.

One of the joys of gig-going is being surprised – a tune, a solo, a phrase. Well, Alice Grace singing Hard Hearted Hannah was one such surprise. Fantastic! If the wonderful Ms Grace turned up at a New Orleans /Dixieland session looking to sit in, there’s yer tune!

The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band is looking forward to a big gig on Sunday 15 October. Superstar Joe Stilgoe will be working with the band at Hoochie Coochie and the word is tickets are going fast. To be sure of your ticket visit the SSBB’s website for details: www.strictly-smokin.co.uk          
Russell
Michael Lamb MD, Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey trumpets; David Barnes, John Flood, Laura Davison, Kieran Parnaby trombones; Jamie Toms, Paul Gowland, Keith Robinson, Dave Kerridge, Laurie Rangecroft saxophones; Pawel Jedrzejewski guitar; Graham Don keyboards; Michael Whent bass; Guy Swinton drums; Alice Grace vocals; F’reez vocals   


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