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Wednesday 12: Happy Birthday Ros Rigby & Don Fairley.

Thursday 13: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free. OUTDOOR gig.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Society Trio @ Revolucion de Cuba - Feb. 9

Jason Holcomb (trombone); Alix Shepherd (keys); ? (perc.)
(Review by Lance).

As it's unlikely I'll ever get to Havana the best alternative seemed to be to drop in at the recently opened Revolucion de Cuba. Situated at the south end of the Cloth Market (it's número uno) opposite the former Balmbra's Music Hall where folklore has it that, on June 9, 1862, some folk set off to attend a race meeting at Blaydon. 

However, I digress, inside this Cuban colony, Blaydon could have been as far away as Havana. Exotic Caribbean cocktails were being quaffed, tapas tasted and wallets emptied faster than if you had been at the races. Fortunately, there were compensations for a £5.60 pint of a pale ale in the form of the Society Trio. Whilst the numbers I recognised were more Brazillian than Cuban - Desifinado; Ipanema; Quiet Nights - the feeling was there. They even managed to make the Beatles' She Loves You sound like a Salsa dance number.

Holcomb was muted for most of my short stay but kept the jazz going over the ethnic rhythms as did Shepherd. I didn't recognise the conga player but he knew his stuff and may even have been from 'over there'.

An atmospheric venue worthy of checking out.
Lance.

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