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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...

May

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Saturday, September 05, 2020

King Bees @ Prohibition Bar - September 4

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Scott Taylor (harmonica, vocals); Dominic Hornsby (piano, vocals) 

Six months! We hadn't heard these guys in six long months. King Bees hold down a residency here at Prohibition Bar and with the easing of lockdown restrictions it was time to get the best blues band in town back on stage. Social distancing guidelines determined only three fifths of the band could appear in semi-acoustic form. Audience numbers are currently limited to seventeen people, all seated, no standing at the bar. Seats bagged, a first bottle of Prohibition Bar's Pale Ale ordered (a good few more would follow), the boys would take to the stage in about ninety minutes.

Imagine you're in Chicago, c 1953. Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Big Bill, Muddy, Jimmy Reed...King Bees. Yes, Tyneside's finest could/would have taken their place alongside the greats of the time and here they were in these Covid-19 times, 2020. Michael Littlefield and Scott Taylor seated behind a perspex screen, Dominic Hornsby let loose at the upright, these guys are the real deal! JukeThat's AlrightSit Down, Baby, the opening three numbers performed with panache, swagger and verve. Close your eyes, you're on the South Side, Chicago circa '53.

Littlefield, guitar, Taylor, harmonica, play the blues as you imagine it would have been in some two-bit juke joint down the turnpike. Spine-tingling vocals, killer harp, and then there's Hornsby rattling Prohibition Bar's upright. Oh, to hear a real piano being given the treatment, this is why we go down the Pink Lane turnpike! 

Jimmy Rogers (Walking by Myself), Sonny Boy (Keep it to Yourself), Jimmy Reed (You Got Me Dizzy), Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, James Cotton, Littlefield, Taylor, Hornsby...It was gettin' late. Harmonica ace Taylor said it was time for some real blues. Ain't it great when one of the musicians calls for some serious playing?! Taylor, a la George 'Harmonica' Smith, pleaded down the line, Telephone Blues. Yes, it was gettin' late, about a quarter to twelve (as Little Walter told us all about). The boys like their blues, they like their beer, we were headin' into the early hours when the 'management' politely reminded the house that the entertainment should cease by midnight. It had been six long months. Had it been worth the wait? You bet! Next time be sure to check 'em out. King Bees are the business!  
Russell    

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