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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.

Friday, March 01, 2019

Lazy River Jazz Band @ The Exchange, North Shields - Feb 27

Chris Perrin (clarinet, alto sax, piano); Veronica Perrin (trumpet, melodica, vocals); John Crisp (trombone, vocals); Ian Bradshaw (guitar); Phil Rutherford (sousaphone)
(Review.photos by Russell).

You have a tour of southern Spain coming up, band members live across the north of England, how best to arrange a rehearsal session? The Exchange in North Shields seemed like as good a location as any, set a date, turn up and play, oh, and invite anyone in the vicinity to drop by to listen. 

The Lazy River Jazz Band duly assembled in North Shields, an audience materialised and a low key gig got underway with That Teasin' Rag. The five-piece band (two others will meet up with their bandmates for the trip abroad) appreciated the fact that some Dixieland fans made the effort to get along and it was down to Veronica Perrin to make the announcements in between playing trumpet, melodica (on one number), mini washboard (similarly, on one number only) and singing a few numbers. Percolatin' Blues (a rarely heard number, said Perrin) and Someday Sweetheart (a feature for local lad Phil Rutherford on sousaphone) kept things moving along.


Old Fashioned Love followed by The Coffee Grinder kept the pot simmering nicely as Chris Perrin swopped clarinet for alto sax for a Latin oddity - Mama Inez - which John Hallam, sitting at an adjacent table, recalled from dance band gigs. The setlist was nothing if not varied and the Lazy River crew got back on course sailing the down the Tyne/Mississippi King Oliver-style with the appropriately titled Riverside Blues

Veronica Perrin diverted the band down a  Kentucky country road for a 'bit of country' playing an instrument familiar (not!) to Buddy Bolden...the melodica. What would the legendary figure have made of it?! Artie Matthews' Weary Blues restored order just in time for an interval pint of Thomas Brown. 
 
During the interval, Chris Perrin wandered over to the house upright to quietly play some impressive piano from ragtime to stride. 

Buddy's Habit resumed matters, Mama's Gone, Goodbye and a traditional hymn - At the Cross - sought to transport us from high above North Shields' Fish Quay to the Louisiana bayou as the Lazy River Jazz Band went for it on Clarence Williams' Cushion Foot Stomp. Two sets of New Orleans to Dixie and beyond, our soon-to-be European tourists were about ready to call it a day but not before a spirited Some of These DaysGospel Train (by way of a brief waltz into Tennessee country) and, of course, (Up a) Lazy River.        
Russell

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