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Today Thursday December 5

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Middlesbrough Jazz & Blues Orchestra - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra - Newcastle City Hall, Northumberland Road, Newcastle NE1 8SF. Tel: 0844 8112121. 7:30pm. £47.50. & £34.00. Second night of two.

Chris Farlowe & the Norman Beaker Band + Teresa Watson Band - Newcastle Labour Club, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PF. Tel: 0191 232 8049. 7:45pm (doors). £22.00. (£19.00. adv.).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

CD Review: Classic Swing - Stepping Out with a Memory


Olive Rudd (vocals); Jim McBriarty (alto sax, clarinet, vocals); Tommy Moran (tenor sax); Neville Hartley (trombone); Colin Haikney (piano); Alan Rudd (double bass); Tommy Graham (drums)
(Review by Russell)
 
Formed less than two years ago Classic Swing is a band comprising experienced musicians who have been there, done that and continue to do it. Stepping Out with a Memory was recorded earlier this year at Ayr Jazz Club and the CD is a fine example of the band in action. No fewer than thirteen tracks across a generous seventy eight minutes' playing time feature all seven musicians. 


Olive Rudd and Jim McBriarty share the vocal numbers - Olive shining on I Got RhythmIt's a Sin to Tell a Lie and 'S Wonderful (to name but three), Jim on the title track I'm Stepping Out with a Memory taking an alto sax solo along the way with additional solos from the ever-elegant Neville Hartley, trombone and the pianist's pianist Colin Haikney.

Caravan goes off at a gallop courtesy of energetic drummer Tommy Graham and bassist Alan Rudd with McBriarty's sinuous soprano setting up Tommy Moran's robust tenor sax solo. The band invariably closes a gig with Tuxedo Junction and the album does likewise - after all, why change a winning formula?     
      
Classic Swing's Stepping Out with a Memory is available from the band at gigs. The band maintains two residencies - The Ship Inn, Monkseaton Tuesdays and Jesmond British Legion Club, first and third Fridays in the month, both 1-3pm, free admission. Go hear the band and buy a copy of Stepping Out with a Memory - it'll make the ideal Christmas present!     
Russell   

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