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Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free. OUTDOOR gig.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

In lockdown with the Louisiana Washboard Five: Swing 'n' Sweet @ Ole Bull Scene, Bergen - May 16

Steinar Sætre (clarinet, tenor sax, vocals); Ketil Sætre (trumpet); Ben Milenković (banjo); Rolf Seldal (washboard); Arnulf Røkke (tuba) 

A lockdown session from Norway with the Louisiana Washboard Five live streaming from Bergen's Ole Bull Scene! A club setting, the five on-stage musicians were undoubtedly filmed by a professional crew - the give away being the superb picture quality and multiple camera angles throughout the hour-long broadcast. It could be Norway's social distancing protocol is somewhat different to here in Britain as the five musicians performed as they would in concert (quite possibly at a distance of two metres!). 

Bandleader Steinar Sætre played marvellous clarinet, Ketil Sætre likewise some great trumpet. The rhythm section knew what it was doing alright, this was quite a band. Steinar's Norwegian largely defeated your reviewer, nevertheless references to Bix, Louis, Clarence Williams et al were understood loud and clear. 
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