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Monday, September 30, 2019

Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - September 30

(Review by Russell)

A quintet today with Don Armstrong playing a final gig with the band before heading back to Oz. The Crescent Club's bar was doing good business on a sunny Monday lunchtime as Herbie Hudson and the boys got things under way with When You Wore a Tulip.

Lots of vocals and vocalists today (reedsman Armstrong sharing duties with HH on the opener), Ollie Rillands drumming and singing on Green Door (HH harmonica) and the first of Jazz in the Afternoon's guests - harmonica ace Brian Lynham - singing and blowing harp on Cleanhead Vinson's Kidney Stew Blues. Our No Time for Jive* frontman stayed on to form a harmonica duo with Hudson on Makin' Whoopee

Tradition has it that an extended interval takes the form of an unofficial middle set. Pianist Brian Chester went to the bar and with the help of pal Jimmy the Brush propped it up while Roy Gibson took a spell at the keyboard. Armstrong, soprano sax, and Hudson, trombone, knocked out top solos on I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter before being joined by John Broddle who chose to sing I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me. Mr B never fails to inject a sense of swing and on this number Armstrong's solo quoted Charlie Parker - excellent! Mr B kept it swinging with a relaxed I'll See you in My Dreams - again, excellent! 

Jazz in the Afternoon wouldn't be Jazz in the Afternoon without Teresa Armstrong. Autumn Leaves and I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby kept Teresa's legion of fans happy.  

The third set (officially the second set) heard Oz-bound Don Armstrong in fine form on Stranger on the Shore. Harmonica man Lynham rejoined the party (Mr Chester continued to prop up the bar) to make it a two-harmonica pincer movement with HH as John Broddle sang Cheek to Cheek

At ten to three Brian Chester returned to the stand just in time for Ollie's rock 'n' roll medley. Finally, jivers exhausted, the boys went out on The Sheik of Araby - Broddle swinging it, Chester soloing and Armstrong saying his farewells on clarinet.    
   
Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica, vocals); Don Armstrong (soprano sax, clarinet, vocals); Brian Chester (keyboards); Dave Percy (bass); Ollie Rillands (drums, vocals) + Brian Lynham (harmonica, vocals); Roy Gibson (keyboards); Teresa Armstrong, John Broddle (vocals).

No Time for Jive will be in concert at the Crescent Club (in the buffet) on Friday 15 November. £4.00. Ticket hotline: 0191 280 2625. 
Russell

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