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Elkie Brooks: “He [Eric Delaney] was most surprised I could sing ‘Misty’ which is quite a big ballad.” – (R’N’R November/December 2017)

Norma Winstone: “I think a lot of young musicians are doing good stuff and trying to find a way, but I think it’s more difficult now because there’s no funding.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Today Saturday February 24

Afternoon

Nikki Iles Masterclass - Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH13RL. 1:30pm. £.3.00. Open to the public as observers.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Billy Bootleggers All-Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. 8:00pm (doors). £10.00. Augmented line-up: David Blakey (trumpet), Lloyd Howell (perc.).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Maine Street Jazzmen @ The British Legion, Jesmond - Oct 31

Ray Harley (trumpet), Gavin Lee (clarinet), Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica & vocals), Malcolm Armstrong (keyboards), Tom Derbyshire (double bass) & Scotty Adair (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Halloween. Woooooo! Jesmond’s student population was out and about, dressed for the occasion – blood-splattered clothing, horrific, gaping wounds. It was, of course, all for fun. A sanctuary from such jolly japes would be found in the British Legion Club, or would it? Last Tuesday in the month, come rain or come ghoulies, the Maine Street Jazzmen play Dixieland.

Without ceremony, the Maine Street Jazzmen played Just a Little While to Stay Here before playing Original Dixieland One-Step, the very foundations of the music, the beginning of the Maine Street’s regular gig in the lounge at the Legion. Herbie Hudson led a powerful front line, flanked either side by Ray Harley, trumpet, and Gavin Lee on clarinet. And it was Mr Hudson who sang Old Fashioned Love with piano accompaniment by Malcolm Armstrong. The band got into its stride with a hot take on Wabash Blues with clarinetist Lee wailing for all he was worth. The front line soloed on Tin Roof Blues with pianist Armstrong following up.

The ghoulies couldn’t be kept at bay, and, it is sad to report that drummer Scotty Adair is now one of the ‘undead’ (see photo). The beers on the bar – all keg – were fit for drinking by ghoulies only. The Maine Street’s raffle prizes were snaffled by a table of regulars…hubble, bubble, cast a spell!

Second set – Whistling Rufus, Jelly Roll’s Milenberg Joys (Lee quipped: the Stan Kenton version), and Ray Harley showing what he could do with some superb trumpet playing on Climax Rag, this a typically upbeat selection from the Maine Street Jazzmen. Big Butter and Egg Man segueing into Bourbon Street Parade and that was the Maine Street done for another month. December’s gig will be the band’s Christmas party night and it will be a couple of weeks earlier than usual on Tuesday 19 December.

West Jesmond Metro Station, late night. Metro into town, blood everywhere, the night of the living dead. Exiting Central Station Metro Station – ‘hello’ to this character (see photo). He hadn’t been to a jazz gig…more’s the pity.

Russell                  

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