Legendary Night Owls performed at Louth Jazz Club

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Clearly, the reputation of the Legendary Night Owls precedes them, as this talented local jazz/R & B band played to yet another full house at the New Orleans Club in Queen Street, Louth on Saturday night.

The Legendary Night Owls lines up with Dave Formula (keyboards), Ken Mayle (vocals, blues harp), John Newby (guitar), Andy Dalton (bass) and Howard Goy (drums) and plays what is rightly regarded as ‘real’ R &B rather than the anodyne contemporary version that is played in gyms and on music channels. This is R & B with real fire, real passion, real rhythm and real blues.

The evening opened with the band’s interpretation of Unchain My Heart, the Ray Charles 1961 hit written by Bobby Sharp and ended with Got My Mojo Working with undertones of the Old Grey Whistle Test theme music.

In between, we heard amongst others One Way Out by Sonny Boy Williamson II, Nine Below Zero, also a Sonny Boy Williamson II piece and the inspiration for the name of the British blues band ‘Nine Below Zero’ and Baby, Please Don’t Go, first recorded by Big Joe Williams in 1935 and subsequently by Them, fronted by Van Morrison, as the A side of a single in late 1964.

In other news, the New Orleans Club AGM will be held at 6pm this Saturday June 8 at the club in Queen Street and all members are reminded that they should have paid their annual subs by then (or on the night) so they can have their say.

At 8pm on the same day, you’ll be able to hear Fred Everett’s Queen Street Band with Peter Surfleet guesting on trumpet.

Then on Saturday June 15 at 8pm Brian Boles (trumpet, vocals) and ‘Johnny’ Johnson (clarinet) will be guesting with Fred Everett’s Queen Street Band.

Thursday June 20 sees the return of Gordon Anderson, this time with his Sextet: Gordon Anderson guitar, Paul Croft trumpet/flugelhorn, Neil Cawley flute/sax, Lawrence Chapman bass, Robin Ashton-Jones drums- now with added Jan Hutson on piano and vocals.

To find out more about what’s on at the club, visit www,neworleanslouth.blogspot.co.uk