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Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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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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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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