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Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:40pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Soft Machine - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 7:30pm. £17.50.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - May 27

(Review by Russell)

Bank holiday Monday, overcast but dry and, not one, but two full houses. In the bar, as usual, Jazz in the Afternoon, and, in the downstairs seaview lounge, another music-filled event. Who said social clubs have had their day? Yesterday at Shotton Colliery Officlals Club and today here in Cullercoats, the joint was bursting at the seams.

Jazz in the Afternoon does what it says on the tin. Jazz and an element of clubland GAYP, who can argue with a thriving venue - beers, spirits, soft drinks, tea and coffee, toasties and a money-making raffle - ?

The man known as 'Young John' joined the boys to sing a couple - 'S Wonderful then Blue Skies - swiftly followed by ex-pro footballer John Broddle to croon I'll See You in My Dreams and perennial favourite Sweet Georgia Brown. Frontman Herbie Hudson brought the first half to a close with a fine version of Sleepy Time Down South.

Everyone's sweetheart, the fabulous Teresa Armstrong sang and. a real treat, danced a few steps with HH, singing I'm Confessin' and Once in a While faithfully supported at the keyboard by Roy Gibson. Miles Watson (trumpet and vocals) was in the house and by the time he'd been on stage for one number the ensemble expanded to no fewer than eight blowing lustily on All of Me, among their number a rare appearance from Harry Stephenson with his articulate clarinet playing and, rarer still, Marilyn Hunter singing Birth of the Blues. If you go down to Cullercoats next Monday you never know who might turn up…
Russell
Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica, vocals); Brian Chester (keyboards); ? (bass guitar); Ollie Rillands (drums) + Doris Fenn (banjo); Miles Watson (trumpet, vocals); Teresa Armstrong (vocals); Roy Gibson (keyboards): John Broddle (vocals); 'Young John' (vocals); Harry Stephenson (clarinet); Marilyn Hunter (vocals).  

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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