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Dave Holland: "Back then, one of my first gigs was with Wally Fawkes and Johnny Parker at the Crown and Anchor in Islington, playing music that went back to the days of King Oliver. And I've always enjoyed the joyousness of that music, and the sound of everybody fitting together beautifully, improvising together." - Jazzwise, August 2021.

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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Friday, August 21, 2020

Maine St. Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club - August 20

Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica, vocals); Ray Harley (trumpet); Jim McBriarty (clarinet, alto sax, vocals); Jimmy Cassidy (piano); John Hedley (bass guitar); Ian Hetherington (drums)

it was like old times - two gigs in a day! A lunchtime session with the Vieux Carré down at Holystone then this evening over in Sunniside the Maine Street Jazzmen were back in business. Encouragingly, at least as many, if not more, of the Maine Street's regular following turned out to hear the band for the first time in five months. 


Sunniside Social Club's committee insisted, rightly, that Herbie Hudson and the boys practice the art of social distancing by setting up on the club's purpose built stage rather than the usual arrangement which would see the band playing on the floor alongside the audience. The set list, drawn from HH's hefty pad of tunes, comprised a string of old favourites - MaggieChina BoyMama's Gone, Goodbye and more. 

The Maine Street's front line - Hudson, Ray Harley and Jim McBriarty - met up a week or two ago at the Vieux Carré's gig and managed to have a blow on a couple of numbers. It was as if they'd never been away.    

On the Sunny Side (Sunniside) of the Street could/should be the band's signature tune, encapsulating as it does Hudson's on stage, up beat demeanour and, of course, the venue's location (NE16 5NA, Borough of Gateshead). The interval: raffle (sold a pup), another Abbot Ale (not too bad at all) and a chat with John Hedley.

Second set, more of the same good time jazz. Trumpeter Ray Harley leading the line, blowing just great, Mr McBriarty (clarinet, alto sax, vocals) showing no signs of flagging on this, his second gig of the day, and band leader Hudson as energetic as ever (trombone, harmonica, vocals). The rhythm section, of the 'been-round-the block' variety, steered a steady course as HH called one familar number after another. 

Fidgety FeetOh, You Beautiful Doll, a second rendition of the day for Angry (vocalist McBriarty wasn't too angry, nor the tune's requester, it was simply good fun) and, perhaps the number of the night, Hudson singing, with due respect, Black and Blue.       

Sunniside is hardly an outpost, nevertheless it was good to see people making the effort to get along to a semi-rural location. One or two members of the band travelled a distance (80 miles round trip for one of them), they were there to play some jazz. Long may they continue.  
Russell

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