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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Classic Swing @ Ashington Jazz Club - July 4

Bob Wade (trumpet & flugelhorn); Jim McBriarty (tenor saxophone, clarinet & vocals); Don Fairley (trombone); Colin Haikney (piano); Alan Rudd (bass); Tommy Graham (drums); Olive Rudd (vocals)
Last night saw the last of the current season of concerts at The Elephant (There now follows a two-month summer break – AJC will return in October.)
Featuring the regular line-up that plays at The Ship in Monkseaton every Tuesday lunchtime, we had a well-honed performance from everyone in the band. Special mention must go to drummer Tommy Graham on this, only his second visit to the Elephant. Tommy plays in a style that’s reminiscent of the great Jackie Denton. As a youngster, Tom had lessons from Jack. When Tom completed his training Jack was reported to have given Tom this compliment:“I like the way you play – you remind me of me!”
Tommy got rapturous applause for his drum solo on Caravan. Olive was featured to great effect on lots of numbers including It Don’t Mean a Thing. Jim Mc delivered a vocal on Rockin’ Chair.
For me the sign of a good jazz night is when both the audience and the band go home happy. This happened last night. Only one problem. Everyone was exhausted by the heat. The concert room at The Elephant has only one window that opens!
John T.

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