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13,218 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 637 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 11).

Coming soon ...

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

June 21: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).
June 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).

Saturday, May 01, 2021

KSTV: Kansas Smitty's Big Four - May 1

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Giacomo Smith (clarinet); Pete Horsfall (trumpet); Dave Archer (guitar); Ferg Ireland (double bass) + Julian Bliss (clarinet)

Smitty's Big Four, this is where it all began. Kansas Smitty's the band, the venue, the brand emerged from a gigging quartet. Tonight's session would be augmented by a clarinetist, a man at the top of his profession performing the classical repertoire, Mr Julian Bliss.

A hot start, three in a row...Maple Leaf RagDardanella and Muskrat Ramble! Tremendous solos - shouts of Go on! Go on! - and immaculate ensemble work. Taking it down a touch with Sweet Lorraine did nothing to lessen the brilliance of the musicianship. In fact, such was the brilliance of Giacomo Smith the thought occurred: Was Mr Bliss standing in the wings? No pressure, eh?! 

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Paquito de Rivera brought Um a Zero to Giacomo's attention, the quartet played it, then, in the company of this evening's guest, Julian Bliss, Poor Butterfly. Relaxed, wholly uncompetitive, for now...Some chat, mutual back slapping between Giacomo and Mr B. And then, as we approached the end of the set, Giacomo called a blazing After You've Gone. As you'd expect, the jazz guys kept up - Messrs P Horsfall (trumpet), D Archer (guitar) and F Ireland (string bass) - but what about JB? Yep, no problem! Giacomo thanked the man for his contribution and we were back to the Big Four. To end, a rip-roaring That's a Plenty. These boys really can play! Russell

Set list: Maple Leaf RagDardanellaMuskrat RambleSweet LorraineUm a ZeroPoor ButterflyI've Never Been BlueThat's a Plenty

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