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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Sunday, October 07, 2018

No Time for Jive @ Billy Bootleggers - October 6

Brian Lynham (harmonica, vocals); Pete Redhead (guitar, vocals); Keith Forsyth (double bass, vocals); Nat McLeave (drums) 
(Review by Russell)
Scotswood Slim (aka Brian Lynham) has been preaching the blues for longer than he would care to remember. No Time for Jive's current line-up stretches way back and one thing is for sure, the band's fan base keeps on coming back for more. 

Half an hour before Saturday night's first set Billy Bootleggers wasn't so busy, perhaps the Magpies’ loyal support was elsewhere drowning its sorrows following an early evening reverse at Old Trafford. As the band took to the stage the hordes duly arrived. West Coast, jump jive, a Windy City blast, No Time for Jive's tried and tested formula wasn't about to change. 

Who Do You Love? sang slap-bass man Keith Forsyth as Pete Redhead conjured a convincing Bo Diddley riff alongside front man Lynham sporting a natty pair of shades shaking shocking yellow maracas into the bargain (see photo)! More Forsyth vocals on Slim Harpo's Shake Your Hips, a Tex-Mex cha-cha-cha, then a classic Willie Dixon Chicago blues - I Want to be Loved - with Forsyth once more on the mic.   

Lieber and Stoller's One Bad Stud (think about it, better still, sing it to yourself) ensured the by-now-full dance floor remained that way 'til closing time (sometime around 2am) followed by Big Fat Mama (a hit for Roy Milton on Specialty) then a Lynham vocal on Big Joe Turner's chart success Flip, Flop and Fly

As Lynham and Forsyth basked in the limelight Pete Redhead's tasty guitar playing didn't go unnoticed, nor Nat McLeave's understated drumming. The band's sound is that of Little Willie John, Elias McDaniel, John Lee Hooker and a bar room full of boogie chillen'. Billy Bootleggers 2018, fast forward ten years to 2028...the odds are No Time for Jive will be found playing good time rhythm 'n' blues in Newcastle's self-proclaimed no.1 dive bar. Better put it in the diary.       

Russell.

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