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Saturday, December 01, 2018

Hot Club du Nord @ St. Cuthbert’s Parish Hall, Crook, - Nov. 30.

Emma Fisk (violin); James Birkett, Dave Harris  (guitars); Bruce Rollo (bass).
(Review/rhyme/pics by Jerry E).

Saint Cuthbert’s Hall was heaving,
Most of Crook was there.
Emma stepped in wearing blue suede shoes
And tossing her jet-black hair.

The opening tune was introduced
It was Honeysuckle Rose
James Birkett’s heels were tapping then
And so were Emma’s toes!


The crowd was quickly in the groove,
No-one could sit still
Through Django’s Oriental Shuffle
Or his later hit, Belleville.

On Dinah the guitars both soloed
They really owned the place,
Then up stepped Big Bruce Rollo
And wowed us with his bass.

Nuages was a typical title
The night was très Francais –
We were thrilled to bits with Django’s hits:
Si Tu Savais and J’attendrai.

While Crazy Rhythm abounded
With Charleston and Minor Swing,
We were also there in Berkeley Square
Where we heard a nightingale sing.

Christmas was not forgotten –
Merry Gentlemen need not frown
As Emma and the boys reminded us,
Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

So for Crook ’18, a rousing end
But readers do not fear –
Paul Edis has promised a “big reveal”
When he knows who’s on next year.

Big thanks to all Crook’s helpers
And Patrick, Anne and Paul
For making us welcome to feast on jazz
God bless them, one and all!
Jerry

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