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Marc Myers: " If the original group with Baker was Dover sole, the group with Brookmeyer was beef stew." - (JazzWax, December 7, 2019).

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Today Tuesday December 10

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Strictly Smokin' Big Band with Kermit the frog @ The Millstone - July 26

(Review by Russell)
With the boss absent the temptation was there to get up to mischief, however, MD Michael Lamb can rest easy, on a steamy early evening the boys and girls of the orchestra got down to business, as usual. Keeping an eye on matters, and an ear to the ground, was a very special guest...Kermit the Frog.
F'reez got the show on the road with Let the Good Times Roll and it wasn't too long before his vocal partner-in-crime Alice Grace joined the party, greeting a full house at the Millstone  with the words: Happy heatwave! With Pete Tanton's muted trumpet work AG scatted on Honeysuckle Rose. If there was an admission charge to this regular public rehearsal session - there isn't - it would be worth every penny simply to hear AG sing. And sing again did the Strictly Smokin' vocalist as she insisted, with no little humour, Somebody Loves Me.

F'reez interpreted Anthony Strong's arrangement of Whatever Lola Wants and moments later there was a mass exodus from the rather warm upstairs room - the interval had come just in time. Some made a dash to the bar, some sat in the beer garden. 

Okay with Jay resumed hostilities with a two-alto treat featuring a bluesy solo from band mainstay Keith Robinson followed by occasional dep Alexis Cairns...good stuff. Ms Grace returned to sing Maroon 5's Sunday Morning rearranged for big band, and, as AG observed, it was Hailey Tuck's chart that was first heard when Ms Tuck worked with the SSBB at Hoochie Coochie. 

Evenin' sang F'reez, Puttin' on the Ritz sang Alice, then...Pete Tanton came down front to sing. Did MD Lamb know about this?! Hey, Lamb couldn't have been other than impressed. Anyone familiar with Tanton's Riviera Quartet would know about Tanton's sweet vocal style and on this session, his own composition To Heaven Over Night made the case for its inclusion in a SSBB concert performance. 

The band's soloists did their thing, from Graham Don, piano, tenors Jamie Toms and Paul Gowland to Tanton blowing from the section. F'reez said good night asking Is you is and with the band punching out the riffs Alice Grace sang Get Happy. Listening to the Strictly Smokin' Big Band has that effect, it makes you happy. Next one at the Millstone is on August 30 but, before then, the band can be heard at this year's Ushaw Jazz Festival with special guest Alan Barnes on Sunday, August 26.           
Russell

Tom Rushton; Pete Tanton; Gordon Marshall; Ben Chinery (trumpets); Chris Grey; Mark Ferris; Tom Dowling (trombones); Jamie Toms, Paul Gowland; Keith Robinson; Alexis Cairns; Laurie Rangecroft (reeds); Pav Jedrzejewski (guitar); Graham Don (piano); Michael Whent (bass); Guy Swinton (drums); Alice Grace (vocals); F'reez (vocals)   

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