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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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