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Monday, October 21, 2019

Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - October 21


It's a Sin to Tell a Lie, so said Herbie Hudson as he ushered in this week's Jazz in the Afternoon session. Sitters-in were in early waiting to be called, not least Doris Fenn and Brian Lynham. Ain't Misbehavin' sang HH before the first of them, Mr Lynham, harp in hand, sang Sonny Boy's Mighty Long Time to Dave Percy's bass accompaniment. Messrs Brian Chester and Ollie Rillands joined the party on an instrumental Stormy Weather. Lynham would return later in the afternoon.

HH shimmied like his sister - what's her name? - before paddling lazily up a river to rendezvous with a certain Sweet Georgia Brown. Right, time for Mr J Broddle. From Sweet Georgia Brown to a swinging Sweet Sue JB charmed the birds from on high. 

Interval - a trip to the bar for a second pint of Toon Broon (Blaydon's Firebrick Brewery). Raffle tickets at the ready...


Stalwart Teresa Armstrong put in an appearance ahead of her mid-week film premiere engagement. Sammy Fain's That Old Feeling, a measured Red Sails in the Sunset and a jaunty Ces't Magnifique were TA's three tunes this week. She'll be back next week regaling all and sundry about her red carpet adventure. 

Miles 'Indiana' Watson sang and bugled The Birth of the Blues with D Fenn to his left knocking out the chords ably supported by the house band of Hudson, Brian Chester, keyboards, Dave Percy, bass and the old rock 'n' roller himself, Ollie Rillands, drums. Bye Bye Blackbird heard more from Watson with a Fenn solo thrown in for good measure. 

And so he returned - Mr No Time For Jive, Brian Lynham - on the last train to Cullercoats. Pistons turning, stoker Lynham worked up a sweat before putting in a shift with Watson down at St James' Infirmary. Ah, wait...that's an inspired B Chester cranking it up a la Alan Price at the B3! 

As three o'clock approached drummer Rillands squeezed in his not-to-be-missed 'quiff and drapes' medley. He had the band's many veteran followers up doing their thing...after a while they sat back down, jiggered. And that was just about it. Herbie Hudson thanked one and all, see you next time. 
Russell
Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica, vocals); Brian Chester (keyboards); Dave Percy (bass); Ollie Rillands (drums, vocals) + Brian Lynham (harmonica, vocals); John Broddle (vocals); Teresa Armstrong (vocals); Miles Watson (trumpet, vocals); Doris Fenn (banjo)

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