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Dr Teeth bidding a fond tartar; MARTIN LONGLEY.

THE Dr. Teeth Big Band will be playing their final gig tomorrow night. These multi-styled Warwickshire swingers will be having their goofers extracted at Riverside in Leamington Spa.

They jump, they jive, and they've always specialised in the crossroads where jazz meets rhythm'n'blues, as well as slinging in some slivers of ska, gospel and soul.

Frontman vocalist Steve Steinhaus hails from Chicago, but has been living in Leamington for quite some while. He says that the band made its decision to retire after they appeared during the Olympics, on the Hyde Park stage.

His reasoning is that they'd reached a peak, and that it was a good time to finish while the going was good. On the practical front, Steve has also taken up the position of a Coventry school vice-principal, so it's been increasingly difficult to balance this with the band's accustomed gig schedule.

Apparently, the teeth-pulling work has been pending for around 18 months, so tomorrow's gig is set to be something of a partying culmination for these players.

It doesn't look like Steinhaus will be completely giving up the music, though, as he's contemplating running a smaller, more manageable outfit, on an occasional basis.

The upshot is that there's a very positive vibe running within the Big Band, as they climax whilst being in control, rather than just letting the whole operation dwindle gradually.

Tomorrow night, Steinhaus will be flanked by a line-up that boasts a front line of trumpet, tenor and baritone saxophones, for the fully honking effect, bolstered by guitar, keyboards, bass and drums.

The set-list is likely to bound vigorously from hoary old classics like Minnie The Moocher and Sweet Home Chicago, running through hipster twangers such as Tequila and Miserlou, and then into the pure rock'n'roll of Rip It Up and Chantilly Lace.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 20, 2013
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