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Marc Myers: " If the original group with Baker was Dover sole, the group with Brookmeyer was beef stew." - (JazzWax, December 7, 2019).

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Today Wednesday December 11

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Christmas Lunch: 1920s Jazz. £19.95.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Angelina Smyschlajew - Band Room, Music Studios, Assembly Lane, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:20pm. Free. Interim Finals, Smyschlajew (voice). Open to the public.

Evening

Jazz

Zoë Gilby Trio - John Lewis, Eldon Square Shopping Centre, Newcastle NE1 7RR. 7:00pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Rockliffe Hall, Hurworth Road, Darlington DL2 2DU. Tel: 01325 729999. 7:00-9:30pm. £45 (3 course meal). ‘Festive Jazz Evening in the Brasserie’.

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Bold Big Band - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981.7:30pm. Free. 'A Bold Christmas'.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

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Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Last gig this year. Back on Jan. 15 2020.

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Blues/Folk/Funk/Soul/Etc.

George Shovlin & the Radars, Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free. Blues.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

River City Jazzmen @ Ashington Jazz Club (Block & Tackle pub) - May 21


Gordon Solomon (trombone); Bob Wade (trumpet, flugel, clarinet); Tommy Graham (drums); Keith Stephen (banjo, guitar); Phil Rutherford (sousaphone) + Maureen Hall (vocals).
(Review by John T).

A full house at the Block and Tackle, a few new faces as well as one or two from years ago who remembered the River City Jazzmen when they were regulars at the Elephant.

The band kicked off with Girl of my Dreams followed by Blue Moon with trumpet player Bob blowing clarinet!

When Your Smiling and Dr Jazz featured guest vocalist Maureen Hall. Limehouse Blues, an up-tempo classic, showcased Tommy Graham on drums, Keith Stephen on banjo and Phil Rutherford on sousaphone.
 Keith and Phil got a standing ovation for their brilliant rendition of Lover Come Back to me. These guys are world class!

My Blue Heaven, Rosetta, Jazz Me Blues and At the Jazz Band Ball (a special request) had everyone’s feet tapping before bringing Maureen back to the stage for the last four numbers - Careless love, Mean Mistreater, Sister Kate and I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.

Compliments to Maureen on her excellent vocals and her undisputed jazz ability. Maureen and her husband had to hire a taxi to get to the gig after their car broke down. This just shows their dedication and the living of the jazz life.

Attached photo is of the beam in the pub on which Phil Rutherford hit with the top of his sousaphone - nearly bringing the house down!

Ironical wording – the music almost died!

It was good to have the River City back on the scene - let's hope it isn't just a one-off.
John T.

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