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Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Classic Swing @ Jesmond British Legion - Dec 20

Tommy Moran (tenor sax); Jim McBriarty (alto sax, soprano sax, clarinet); Kieran Parnaby (trombone); Norman Brown (piano); Alan Rudd (double bass); Tommy Graham (drums); Olive Rudd (vocals)
(Review by Russell)

it's almost Christmas, isn't it? Things tend to be a bit rushed, don’t they? And, of course, every jazz gig during December seems to be an excuse for a party and/or buffet with a few beers. All this is a preamble to your reviewer confessing he forgot to take photographs at today's Classic Swing gig! 

Five days before Christmas, the Metro system shutdown, would anyone turn out for Classic Swing's seasonal knees up? They certainly did, what's more, raffle prizes galore and a buffet weren't to be sniffed at. Two deps in today - pianist Norman Brown and, on loan from the Strictly Smokin', trombonist Kieran Parnaby. 

A Tommy Moran composition to begin with - Jump for Jim - in typical small group swing style. A good start. Band vocalist Olive Rudd managed to organise the buffet and accept donations to the raffle in between singing a few numbers, the first of which, a seasonal Winter Wonderland, featured solos from Jim McBriarty, clarinet, Kieran Parnaby and Moran blowing tenor. Johnny Hodges' territory on Good Queen Bess heard a rare thing...a bass solo from Alan Rudd! 

McBriarty sang about a Honeysuckle Rose with a fine piano solo from veteran Norman Brown. Olive Rudd returned to the stand to insist It's a Sin to Tell a Lie with McBriarty on soprano sax and Brown quoting White Christmas just as regular band pianist Colin Haikney dropped by - it was good to see Colin out and about. 

At this time of year raffles tend to yield a bumper crop and here at Jesmond Legion no fewer than nine prizes were up for grabs. Your reviewer spied a box of Milk Tray. First number out the hat - no.856...YES!!! Your reviewer bagged the Milk Tray! Another pint of Old Speckled Hen to celebrate.

Second set: A first outing for Moran's The Master's Magic couldn't have been more apposite with Colin Haikney sitting listening. Clarinet, alto, trombone, tenor, piano, bass - all took a few bars, Mr Haikney nodded in appreciation. 

Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree tempted Olive Rudd back to the stage (pianist Brown couldn't resist quoting Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer) and before long the three o'clock finish loomed with, somewhat inevitably, our vocalist encouraging the room to sing along to White Christmas

Please note - Classic Swing won't be at the Ship Inn on Christmas Eve nor New Year's Eve. Your next chance to hear the band will be on Friday 17 January at Jesmond Legion, from which date the West Jesmond residency will be a third Friday in the month affair.  Russell

1 comment :

Lance said...

Ken, Ken Drew, where are you now, now that we need you?!

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