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

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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Friday, April 15, 2022

Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - April 15

Olive Rudd (vocals); Jim McBriarty (alto sax, clarinet, vocals); Alan Marshall (tenor, soprano sax); Neville Hartley (trombone, vocals); Carl Peacock (keys); Alan Rudd (bass); Tommy Graham (drums).

How can I sit back and write impartially about this afternoon's seafront session at the CCC?

Firstly, I drew 3 prize winning numbers in the raffle although I did put the Easter Eggs back up for grabs and, secondly, Olive sang two of my favourite songs - How'd You Like to Love me? and I Wished on the Moon which was, in truth, better than winning the vintage (ish) plonk.

Classic Swing have a vast repertoire that is rarely repeated and, in Olive, they have a singer who can hold her own with anyone working her side of the street.

Not that Olive is the only one in the band who can hold a tune. Jim McBriarty, in between blowing clarinet or alto sax, invariably pops up to do a little crooning. This afternoon, amongst others, he delighted us with an obscure Glenn Miller number made famous by Helen O'Connell with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra - I'm Stepping Out With a Memory Tonight

And the vocals didn't stop there. When not blowing slide trombone à la Jack T, Neville Hartley sang like the old trombone master on yet another piece de obscurity - Barefoot Boy - possibly inspired by hearing it on an old Ken Colyer record. Neville and Olive also duetted on Trombone Cholly.

Alan Marshall didn't sing (maybe he's their secret weapon yet to be unleashed) but he blew some modern sounding tenor and soprano whilst Tommy Graham punctuated the percussion when the percussion needed punctuating and Alan Rudd avoided being despatched to the doghouse by ensuring that rhythm and harmony were on the money behind Mrs Rudd's vocals.

Carl Peacock, depping for Jeremy McMurray, slotted in nicely to make this a most enjoyable day at the seaside. Lance

Classic Swing; Back in Your Own Backyard (Olive); You Can Depend on me (Olive); Strike up the Band (Jim); Barefoot Boy (Neville); Blue Lou; How'd You Like to Love me? (Olive); This Can't be Love; You Were Meant For me (Olive); Trombone Cholly (Olive/Neville); I'm Stepping Out With a Memory Tonight (Jim); Tangerine; I Wished on the Moon (Olive); When You're Smiling (Olive).

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