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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

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January 2022

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Slim Bees @ The Hotspur, Newcastle - Feb 27

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Scott Taylor (harmonica, vocals) 
(Review by Russell)

The Slim Bees play country blues, they drink beer. For two hours straight they sat in a corner of their one room country shack and entertained themselves playing a selection of numbers by a who's who of American blues greats. Moonlighting from their regular gig - the Chicago blues band King Bees - Michael Littlefield and Scott Taylor found themselves an audience in the Hotspur here on Percy Street, Newcastle.

The boys like Little Walter, Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt, Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson (I and II), T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Rogers,  Elmore James, John Brim and a host of others. Two hours of this stuff with a beer - it doesn't get any better than this! 


Michael Littlefieid's wears lightly his encyclopedic knowledge of the music and its practitioners, the blues staples, the guitar styles from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago and beyond. His guitar playing and vocals a match for anyone. Scott Taylor's vocals and harp playing would have seen him stand toe to toe with all-comers on fifties South Side Chicago. Had he been around back then we'd now be listening to him on rare cuts from Chess.

From Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor (in his head your reviewer couldn't help but hear Dave Rae singing the number) to Quarter to Twelve to My Babe to bar room Jimmy Reed's You Got Me Dizzy to Taylor hollerin' Five long years, I been workin' in a steel mill, this was blues heaven. Reviewers can talk up a gig - 'Gig of the Year' etc  There's nowt wrong in enthusing but your reviewer stands by every word of this review - these guys are the business. If you're in any way doubtful, 'scuse me, get along to Prohibition Bar on Pink Lane, Newcastle, Friday 6 March. Littlefield and Taylor will be there with King Bees, the best Chicago blues band east of Illinois. 
Russell       

2 comments :

NeilC said...

Hello Russell,

Was this organised or impromptu and if the former is it to be a regular gig ? I have seen the King Bees many times and Michael Littlefield was the star when he played solo a couple of years back at the Americana Festival at the Sage.

Russell said...

Hi Neil It was a one off gig although the duo did play a 'one off' at the pub a couple of years ago. Don't miss King Bees on Friday (Mar 6) at Prohibition Bar. The band will be in the downstairs bar which means Dom Hornsby will be on the upright piano.

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