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Today Friday February 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Hand to Mouth - The Vault, Hallgarth St., Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Not Now Charlie + Tom Dixon Quartet - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. CD (EP) launch.

Swing Manouche w. Daniel John Martin - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. Tel0191 386 5556. 7pm. Book in advance.

Blues

No Time For Jive - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Revolutionaires - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, August 06, 2012

Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent club.

Brian Chester (piano, trombone & straw boater), Iain McAulay (trombone, trumpet & vocals), Derek Fleck (tenor saxophone & clarinet), Brian Sibbald (double bass) & Jim McKeown (drums) + Roy Gibson (piano), Doris Fenn (banjolele), Theresa Armstrong (vocals), Joan Armstrong (vocals) & Barry Soulsby (clarinet)
(Review by Russell).  
Yesterday’s torrential rains flooded the bar and cellar at Cullercoats Crescent Club. The regular Monday afternoon jazz session went ahead thanks to the club’s determined efforts to keep the show on the road. The band relocated to the recently refurbished lounge and started on time.
The beer selection has improved along with the refurbishment. A pint of the Jarrow Brewery’s Rivet Catcher in hand, perched on a high bar stool at the back of the room afforded views of the band and through the windows the panoramic vista of Cullercoats Bay and out over the North Sea.

The first set featured the regular band (Brian Sibbald depping for John Carstairs Hallam) with the usual raft of favourites including Ain’t Misbehavin’, St Louis Blues, Creole Jazz featuring the clarinet of Derek Fleck, Royal Garden Blues and an up tempo Dinah. Joan Armstrong took the chance to sing When You’re Smiling before attending to financial matters…the all important interval raffle. Prizes claimed included a CD of bebop numbers. Mutterings were heard in some quarters: Ah divvin want that (translation: I do not want that).
Pianist Roy Gibson together with Sibbald and McKeown accompanied Theresa Armstrong singing Out of Nowhere. Gibson remained at the keyboard as Brian Chester played trombone alongside fellow ‘bone man Iain McAulay on Sentimental Journey. Chester’s robust style made for a welcome contrast to McAulay’s light touch as Doris Fenn fed the chords on banjolele. Clarinetist Barry Soulsby’s arrival made for a late addition to the line-up. Chester returned to the keyboard to allow Soulsby and Fleck to play their clarinets on High Society (a television in the bar screening the all pervasive Olympics showed, rather aptly, high society types – the hoorah yachting brigade and horsey types - in pursuit of gold). An enjoyable afternoon concluded with eight musicians on stage in a rousing version of Down by the Riverside.    
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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