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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party 2018 @ Village Hotel, Newcastle - Nov 2 (afternoon)

Friday, day one proper of the annual festival, got underway with the now familiar Tribute to Mike. Keith Nichols, one of Mike Durham's key allies over many years, led the session with the help of Enrico Tomasso (the trumpeter would be announced as winner of the trumpet category in this year's British Jazz Awards the day after the festival ended), genial American 'bone man Jim Fryer,  festival favourite Matthias Seuffert, reeds, Spats Langham playing guitar and banjo, Frenchman Henry Lemaire playing string bass, and one of the many vituoso percussionists at this 2018 gathering, Nick Ward. 

Riverboat Shuffle rooted this tribute in New Orleans. Up a Lazy River then Spats singing and playing guitar on the Elsie Carlisle-inspired You Got Me Crying Again and the closing number, The Song Has Ended But the Melody Lingers On

Teschemacher and Bechet, two icons of the clarinet; first Chicago's Austin High School Gang with the focus on 'Tesch', then Bechet in Europe with Ellington, the latter featuring the singular talent that is Ewan Bleach. The 'Forgotten Saxophone Player' Jack Pettis finally took his posthumous turn in the spotlight courtesy of Michael McQuaid and local star, violinist Emma Fisk, led a Joe Venuti-Eddie Lang/Grappelli-Reinhardt set with 'her Boys' - Spats Langham and Henry Llemaire as the legendary guitarists, supported by Martin Litton, piano, and perhaps the weekend's busiest musician, Malcolm Sked, on string bass. Emma, placed third in the British Jazz Awards' Miscellaneous category, impressed with her to-be-expected flawless performance. 

Fats on Film - Stormy Weather looked at Fats Waller's rare celluloid appearances. Jeff Barnhart is a real entertainer and a band comprising the likes of Duke Heitger, Josh Duffee and Nicolle Rochelle couldn't go far wrong and it didn't. 

Drummer Duffee remained on the stand to close the afternoon session with Jean Goldkette - After Bix (1928-29). Hot jazz dispensed in hot, hot style by the erudite Duffee and his band which included fellow Americans Mike Davis and Andy Schumm, trumpets, and New Orleans pianist David Boeddinghaus. Out front on the floor, three familiar faces to north east audiences - the string players Emma Fisk, Dawn Allen and Kay Usher - did the region proud.      
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