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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Classic Swing @ The Ship, Monkseaton - August 14

Bob Wade (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jim McBriarty (clarinet, tenor sax, vocals); Don Fairley (trombone); Malcolm Armstrong (piano); Alan Rudd (double bass); Tommy Graham (drums); Olive Rudd (vocals) + Neville Hartley (trombone), Gordon Solomon (trombone) 
(Review by Russell)
It Don't Mean a Thing sang Olive Rudd. That tells you two things - it's Tuesday lunchtime and you're in Monkseaton. The Ship Inn on Front Street does good business when Classic Swing are in town. Coffee, tea, toasties, a pint or three and some New Orleans to swing-era jazz make this weekly residency an all-round success. 

Bye Bye BlackbirdI Got Rhythm sang band vocalist Olive and she stayed on to tell us, accompanied in a duet with Malcolm Armstrong, Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out. The frontline - Bob Wade, Don Fairley and Jim McBriarty wielding clarinet -  grabbed solos on There'll Be Some Changes Made, as did depping pianist Malcolm Armstrong.
Second set, Olive Rudd promised Blues Skies - in truth, it was a typical cloudy sky down at the coast. Taking it down Olive confessed that she Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man with Wade switching to flugelhorn and McBriarty playing some Johnny Cool tenor. Meanwhile, the 'boys' had arrived...Messrs Neville Hartley and Gordon Solomon. Well, the rest of the set went up a notch...C Jam BluesSweet Georgia Brown (Wade, McBriarty, and Rudd, O, sitting out, leaving it to the trombone triumvirate to swing it with a cookin' rhythm section - Armstrong, Alan Rudd and Tommy Graham - behind them). 

Rudd, O, stayed on the bench, leaving it to the eight piece Boyz Only outfit to have a right regal time on Royal Garden Blues. And, as three o'clock approached, Olive rejoined the band to dance the night away Tuxedo Junction-style.  
Russell     

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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