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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Michael Littlefield & Dominic Hornsby @ Prohibition Bar - Mar 6

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Dominic Hornsby (piano, vocals)
(Review by Russell)

It was all rather last minute. King Bees' harmonica demon Scott Taylor was under the weather and at short notice the band cancelled its Blind Pig Blues Club gig with Michael Littlefield stepping into the breach to play a set in the company of band mate, pianist Dominic Hornsby. 

A piano boogie for starters which, off the top of his head, Littlefield decided should be called Dom's Boogie. It had all the makings of a serendipitous occasion. Jimmy Rogers, Otis Rush, Freddie King, Jimmy Reed, it doesn't get any better than this if you're a fan of the blues, especially a fan of the great fifties' Chicago blues scene. 

Littlefield summoned the sound and style of the guitar greats at will - That's All Right (Rogers), Sit Down Baby (Rush), Hideaway (King) and You Got Me Dizzy (Reed) - singing on most of the numbers. If 'authentic' vocals is an important factor in your blues' listening then Littlefield is your man. Piano man Hornsby sat at Prohibition Bar's newly tuned upright rattling the 88s, taking an occasional vocal himself including a fixture in the King Bees' set, Kansas City

Any disappointment over the non-appearance of the King Bees was soon forgotten as Littlefield and Hornsby played non-stop for the best part of two hours. It was a pull-up-a-chair kind of gig in a busy city centre juke joint with (unobtrusive) dancing couples contributing to the ambience. It had been a memorable night down at the Prohibition Bar.           
Russell

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