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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Dave Rae's Levee Ramblers New Orleans Jazz Band @ Springwell Village Community Venue - July 31

Dave Rae (guitar/banjo/vocal); Mick Hill (cornet/vocal); Jim McBriarty (clarinet/vocals); Gordon Solomon (trombone); John Robinson (bass); George Davidson (drums/vocal) + Ken ? (monologues)
(Review by Lance).

The Bacons (Liz & Paul) and Blenkin (Jim) were rambling elsewhere last night so leader Rae brought on Solomon, McBriarty, and Davidson off the subs bench and super-subs they were too. No surprises there! Solomon, a leader of various versions of the River City Jazzmen including the current edition, McBriarty, a key member of just about every other trad band north and south of the Tyne, and Davidson a distinctive New Orleans stylist. They combined well with the house team of Rae, Hill and Robinson.
These days, because of the increasing maturity of  the audience (notice how carefully I picked my words) for oude styjl jazz (as they say in Breda) most of the vintage jazz gigs take place in the form of lunchtime sessions. However, Springwell Village Community Venue is an exception - the well-attended evening sessions have been running (almost) since Kid Ory really was a kid.

As such, it wasn't surprising that the overall sound was reminiscent of Ory's Creole Jazz Band with Barber, Bunk, Colyer and Humph thrown in for good measure.

Despite the official name, it's a village hall and as much a hub of the area as, say, The Woolpack in TV's Emmerdale. This was typified by the platefuls of free toasties (somebody had left the fridge door open and the contents had to be used up) and the raffle which included 6 fresh eggs!

After You've Gone (vocal Hill); Mama's Gone Goodbye (vocal McBriarty); Coquette; Give me Your Telephone Number (comp. J.C. Higginbotham); Wabash Blues; Up Jumped the Devil; Bobby Shafto; DJC Blues (Humph); Too Busy (vocal by McBriarty on a number popularised by Kay Starr) and Weary Blues.

The second set began with a couple of amusing monologues recited by a gentleman called Ken before the music got back underway with McBriarty singing I Get the Blues When it Rains. Mahogany Hall Stomp did indeed stomp and the trombone wisdom of Solomon was heard on Savoy Blues. Magnolia's Wedding Day followed by I'm Travellin' with some Bechet-like clarinet from Jimmy Mack (when are you coming back?) led to Dave Rae telling us to Do What Ory Say, drummer Davidson recalling in words When You and I Were Young Maggie and, finally, Dave Rae singing Goin' Home which we duly did after a most enjoyable evening.
Lance

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