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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea @ Hoochie Coochie - October 21

(Review/photo by JT)
I can’t believe that it’s a year since Gerry Richardson’s Big Idea was at Hoochie (that memorable gig with STING.) The band's performance there yesterday was their third annual visit but unfortunately no special guest this time. Warren informs me that Gerry’s trio also gets an annual outing, but I must have missed that.
                                                                                                                               
The first set began with three instrumentals - Stone Church, Blues for Red followed by Ska Odyssey. Big Jazz Club in the Sky was next - a vocal for Gerry. African Sunset,  Turnaround Shuffle came next. The set finished with my favourite vocal from Gerry, Lady Day and John Coltrane.
The second set started with Groovy Baby, Money's Getting Cheaper (vocal) and Another Dark One followed by Right On, I Think I’ll Lay waste to Myself Tonight and a new one to me – All About McGriff. Next was  Ain’t No Stopping us Now and Another Dark One. The set finished with Autumn in Barrio, Take the Tee Train and Night Train, with everyone getting a solo.

Gerry must be very proud. Yes, he’s got this band honed to perfection! I must make special mention of sound engineer Darren Allan. It’s a good sound system at Hoochie and Darren had it set up as it should be – making every solo sound clear and well balanced with rest of the band.

Thanks to Warren once again for putting on this free gig. It’s only a shame we will have to wait a year for the next one!
Gerry Richardson (Crumax Keyboard); Garry Linsley (alto); Stuart Johnson (tenor); Sue Ferris.(Baritone & Flute); Mark Webb, Dave Hignett (trumpets); David Grey ( trombone); Rod Sinclair (guitar); Adam Sinclair (drums).

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