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The Harmony Hounds more than lived up to their name this month, featuring interesting arrangements of both favourites from the traditional repertoire and lesser-known tunes in about equal proportions. Of the favourites, I particularly liked ‘My Blue Heaven’, taken at a perfect tempo, and ‘Whispering’,which featured a rare Andy Henderson vocal, but the rarities (unsurprisingly) made more of an impact. It was great to hear Willie Entwistle’s expert violin on ‘Ragging The Scale’, on which leader Chris Howse was a very creditable replacement for Eddie Lang, who made the original recording with Joe Venuti, and the rousing ‘Black Bottom Stomp’ which opened the second set was also a corker. Now there’s a tune which used to appear in the repertoire of traditional jazz bands, but nowadays just about qualifies as a rarity: perhaps the title is a little non-PC, or more likely it requires too much rehearsal. Anyway, the selection of tunes, which also included several comedy songs, was very good, although the muffled voice amplification meant that the words were not always clear, Despite that, this newly-reincarnated band has immediately established itself in the leading pack in the North-West, thanks in great part to the rhythmic drive provided by the ever-reliable Colin Turner on bass sax and John Smith on drums, who provided effective period sounds on a distinctly non-period drum kit. Overall, an enjoyable evening which we hope to be able to repeat.
Due to the unavoidable cancellation by advertised band ‘The Billionaires’, we’re delighted to welcome back a man who has featured in our programme every year for some time now, but looked likely to be taking a holiday in 2019. Anyway, top trumpet man Enrico Tomasso proved what a friend he is to the Club by immediately agreeing to step into the breach, and local saxophone wizard Steve Andrews is bringing his quartet, featuring a fine guitarist and banjoist from the North-East, Keith Stephen (who I think is making his first Kendal appearance). So we’ll have a swinging and musical evening on December 11th to round off the year!