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13,073 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 492 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (April 9).

Bar Manager Required

The Jazz Co-op are looking for an experienced bar manager who can be available to start when The Globe reopens in May.

Preference will be given to a suitably qualified person who lives relatively near to The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.

Interested parties please follow this link.

Coming soon ...

April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra live streaming from Ronnie's - April 4

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Duncan Galloway couldn't be at Ronnie's tonight, being stuck in Germany, Covid travel restrictions and all that. In the absence of the Pasadenas' frontman it was down to pianist Simon Townley to handle the announcements. The concert began with a good ol' good 'un, South Rampart St Parade

Tom 'Spats' Langham got to sing all the numbers which are normally the preserve of Galloway, so, an extra ration of next to nowt for our classic jazz era crooner! Spats the vocalist joined forces with 'bone man Adrian Fry on I Got a Right to Sing the Blues, Fry soloing. A hot take on Business in F as played by the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra featured Oliver Wilby (Glenn Miller Orchestra UK) blowing a swinging tenor chorus. 

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
From Fletcher Henderson to Al Bowlly of the British dance band era and Spats singing Ray Noble's The Very Thought of You. At this point in the proceedings more than seven hundred were online, on YouTube alone! You Ought to See Sally on Sunday (comp. R. Noble, as sung by A. Bowlly) heard Spats' vocals, Oliver Wilby's warm-toned tenor and precision ensemble playing. It Don't Mean a Thing put string bassist Dave Berry in the spotlight ably supported by his rhythm section buddies.  

The orchestra struck up High Society (Malcolm Baxter, trumpet, Robert Fowler's clarinet)...a cast iron choice! If I Had a Talking Picture of You served as a fitting tribute to the late Keith Nichols who arranged many of the PRO's charts. Well said Mr Townley. And to close - in 'normal times' the dance floor would have filled up in double quick time - Happy Feet

(Screenshot collage by Ken Drew)
Professional isn't the word, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra played a memorable gig, and, of course, they were ready with an encore...Nagasaki at what Keith Nichols liked to call 'tempo de tear-arse' which, by tradition, concluded with a few bars of Home in Pasadena.   

Dave Ford (trumpet); Malcolm Baxter (trumpet); Robert Fowler (alto sax, baritone sax, clarinet); Oliver Wilby (tenor sax, clarinet); Dai Pritchard (alto sax, clarinet); Adrian Fry (trombone); Dave Berry (double bass, sousaphone); Simon Townley (piano); Tom 'Spats' Langham (banjo, guitar, vocals); Dom Sales (drums)

Set list: South Rampart St ParadeI'm Crazy 'Bout My BabyPaddlin' Madelin' HomeBeau Koo JackEast St Louis Toodle-OoAnything GoesI Got a Right to Sing the BluesBusiness in FThe Very Thought of YouThe Casa Loma StompYou Ought to See Sally on SundayIt Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That SwingIf I Had a Talking Picture of YouA Flower is a Lovesome ThingHappy FeetNagasakiHome in Pasadena

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