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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 guest Don Fairley (trombone).

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

Friday, May 17, 2019

Classic Swing @ Jesmond British Legion - May 17


Olive Rudd (vocals); Tommy Moran (tenor sax); Jim McBriarty (alto sax, soprano sax, clarinet, vocals); Neville Hartley (trombone, vocals); Colin Haikney (keyboards); Alan Rudd (double bass); Tommy Graham (drums) 
(Review by Russell)

Oh Lady be Good! for starters - casual swing with Jim McBriarty's vocals mirroring those of Fred Astaire and that's how the session continued, softly swinging, Basie-style. J M opened on alto sax and played more of it on Blue and Sentimental with 'bone man Neville Hartley and pianist Colin Haikney chipping-in.  

Olive Rudd got to her feet to sing It's a Sin to Tell a Lie accompanied by Tommy Moran's assured tenor saxophone playing. The band's singer would return.  

  Of late Classic Swing's repertoire has incorporated more Basie-influenced small group numbers and that's no bad thing. Two charts by the Count himself - Jive at Five and Swingin' the Blues (the latter arranged by maestro Colin Haikney) - reaffirmed the late thirties Kansas City link with the frontline concentrating on Haikney's dots - no time for a beer on this one! Olive returned to close the set singing My Melancholy Baby with more top tenor playing from Moran. 

Classic Swing's interval raffle continued to elude BSH - one of these days! - and upon the resumption, drummer Tommy Graham had the final word on a swinging Oh Baby (Bix and his Wolverine pals). Band singer Olive Rudd sang some Doris Day - Sentimental Journey - with more from Moran and McBriarty, clarinet. Rudd promised she was Keepin' Out of Mischief Now (oh, yeah?!), the boys (anchored by Alan Rudd's in-the-pocket bass playing) purred on At the Woodchopper's Ball and when Olive Rudd suggested The Best things in Life are Free that was it. 

A good session, well-supported, the next one - put it in the diary - is on Friday, June 7, one o'clock.  
Russell 

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