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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Preview: New Orleans Swamp Donkeys - Friday!

(Preview by Russell)

It's a growing list. Either side of the Atlantic young musicians are finding something of interest in the foundations of the music - the sounds of twenties' New Orleans jazz and the fledgling swing bands of the Cotton Club years. The Stateside contingent includes Tuba Skinny, the all-female Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band, the Shotgun Jazz Band, Frog and Henry (the Big Easy their base) and Vince Giordano with his Nighthawks an established figure up in NYC. European counterparts count among their number Edinburgh's Tenement Jazz Band, the Basin Street Brawlers, Adrian Cox with his Edmond Hall project and Belgium's swing dance outfit the Jake Walker Orchestra.  

In Newcastle on Friday there is an opportunity to hear another first rate American band when the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys play a late afternoon on-street warm-up gig ahead of an evening concert down in the Ouseburn Delta. Direct from N'Awlins, James Williams leads an ace ensemble outside Ernest (that's the cafe/bar behind the Biscuit Factory on Stoddart Street) at five o'clock before moving on downstream to Cobalt Studios on Boyd Street (near to the Tyne Bar).

Willams is a Louis Armstrong disciple, both as a trumpeter and vocalist. His fellow Swamp Donkeys comprise some of the Crescent City's finest. Past members have included musicians of the calibre of trombonist Haruka Kikuchi (of the Shake 'Em Ups) and the current line-up is sure to be of the A-list variety. So, you could book a flight to Louisiana sometime to hear them play or, far cheaper, take a bus from Blackett Street to the Tanner's Arms (turn left onto Stoddart Street) in time for five. The Boyd Street gig at eight will set you back a mere fiver. From the Missisippi Delta to the Ouseburn Delta, you couldn't make it up! Friday 19 July - Ernest 5:00pm, Cobalt Studios 8:00pm.     
Russell

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