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THURSDAY 24

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00pm - 10pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 25

SouLutions Sistas - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (7:00pm doors). £10.00. SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 26

Boys of Brass - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. 7:00pm. £10.00. + £1.37 bf for table for two. Other packages available. See www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk.

SUNDAY 27

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Monday, April 09, 2018

GIJF Day 3: House of the Black Gardenia - Sage Gateshead, April 8

Bobbi Charleston (washboard/vocals); Michael Lamb (trumpet); Keith Robinson (sax/clarinet); David Gray (trombone); Michael Littlefield (guitar/banjo/vocals); Ben Immrye (piano/vocals); Neil Hopper (bass/sousaphone); Kit Haigh (drums).
(Review by Lance).
The concourse was crowded, the word had got around that this band was something else. The swing dancers were poised, ready to occupy the prepared floor space and the band kicked off with Blue Drag. 20s/30s jazz that slots in nicely between the New Orleans/Dixieland period and the later bebop sounds.
In other words, Swing!
All the horns were well featured throughout. David Gray playing trombone like J.C. Higginbotham, Michael Lamb, often in plunger mode and Robinson blowing tough tenor, subtle soprano and charismatic clarinet.
Leader Bobbi sang and shimmied and manipulated her thimble-fingered digits across her Reliance washboard like a real scrubber (please accept that remark as having been written in jest Bobbi!) She's great.
More vocals from Littlefield and Imrye with the latter playing fine stride piano and the former giving us some period style guitar (he also played banjo without causing too much damage). Bass/sousaphone kept things stomping as did Kit on kit.
However, the session was given the seal of approval by the dancers who Lindy hopped like their American ancestors did at the Savoy Ballroom back in the day.
Quite an afternoon.
Blue Drag/Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho; Russian Caravan; Skirts; Graveyard Shift; Ain't it Hard; Showgirl; Sharkey Bonano's  I'm Satisfied With my Girl; Basie's Evenin'; Big Big Man and Viper Man.
Lance

2 comments :

Jude Murphy (on F/b). said...

What a brilliant way to round off the concourse performances. It felt like a party

Patti (on F/b) said...

Oh yes - it was fantastic - those of us not among the swing dancers were shaking our booties at the back!!

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