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Friday, May 24, 2019

Vote Maine Street Jazzmen! @ Sunniside Social club - May 23


Ray Harley (trumpet); Jim McBriarty (clarinet, soprano sax, vocals); Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica, vocals); Colin Haikney (piano); Tom Darbyshire (double bass); Ian Hetherington (drums)
(Review by Russell)

Bandleader Herbie Hudson continues to fly the Dixieland flag across the Borough of Gateshead. Moving from one venue to another, the Maine Street Jazzmen finally settled on Sunniside Social Club where a loyal audience turns up week in week out. The fact that polling station staff commandeered the band's usual performance space for some election or other didn't act as a deterrent. 

The MSJ set up on the floor of the concert room (next week they'll be back in the lounge) and shortly after half-past eight Hudson set about making the case for casting our vote in favour of JAZZ. The MSJ's manifesto included a promise to play some well-known numbers, share vocals between Hudson and Jim McBriarty and guarantee a good time for all! Rotting tomatoes, eggs and a milkshake or two were at hand...just in case.


It Don't Mean a Thing (vote SWING!), I'll be a Friend with Pleasure (currying favour, eh? Where's that tomato?) and a swift Stevedore Stomp established an early lead for the MSJ. If I Had a Talking Picture of YouOle Miss Rag and that old warhorse My Blue Heaven entertained a good number of folk up to the interval closer Jazz Me Blues.

Proceeds from the raffle were deemed legitimate election expenses (none of the MSJ claimed for the cleaning of a moat) and as the second set began shortly after ten o'clock polling station staff with sealed boxes in their care sped-off into the night. Frontman Herbie Hudson acceded to a punter's request to play some Horace Silver. The Preacher seemed apposite on such a night as this!

In between a flurry of frontline solos - Bad Penny BluesSomeday Sweetheart - the MSJ's pianist briefly had the floor to himself. As Hudson led the boys to the bar Colin Haikney reminded the Sunniside crowd of just how fine a piano player he is by playing Here's That Rainy Day. Another bottle of Atlantic Pale Ale, the MSJ made the calculation that the votes were in the bag and a couple of tunes later said their goodbyes parading down Bourbon St.
Russell 

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