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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guests Don Fairley (trombone) & Maureen Hall (vocals).

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

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

River City Hot Four @ Beresford Arms, Whalton, Northumberland - February 4

Gordon Solomon (trombone); Jim McBriarty (clarinet/vocals); Keith Stephen (banjo/guitar); Phil Rutherford (sousaphone)
(Review by J.T.)

The launch of a new band and a new venue made me hope that at long last the decline of live jazz in the area had stopped. I was not proved wrong. What an excellent night out we had on Monday at the Beresford Arms at Whalton to see the launch of “revival” band, the River City Hot Four. 
The recently refurbished pub provided an excellent pint of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord (no relation). A great log fire and very comfortable surroundings helped us all feel at home. 

Bob Wade was scheduled to be part of the band but because of a broken rib could not play. Jim McBriaty was a very able late replacement. Considering Gordon and Keith had not played together for about 10 years they were playing better than ever. Jim and Phil brought their experience from the "Vaux Carrie Hot 4"* and each number came over fantastically well.

As a teenager, I attempted to learn to play the piano. The first copy I ever bought was Blue Moon which I was so pleased to hear it again tonight. The band had a considerable setlist but my favourites were Tin Roof Blues, Sugar and Paper Moon.

The photo is of the band from more than a decade ago featuring the late Bill Brooks on bass.
Anyone fancy organising a bus trip for the March gig?
JT.
*Vaux Carriage (Carrie) - nickname for the original Vieux Carré Jazzmen. Vaux being a well known Sunderland brewery with horse-pulled drays back in the day.

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