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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Thursday December 13

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

Paul Skerritt - Hadrian’s Tipi, Keel Square, Sunderland SR1 3DZ. 6:00pm. Free.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Mark Toomey, Kevin Eland, Bruce Taylor - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Christmas Party night.

Lambton Big Band - South Causey Inn, Beamish Burn Road, Stanley DH9 0LS. Tel: 01207 235555. 7:30pm (doors 6:00pm). £15.00.

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

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Millstone, South Gosforth

Graham Hardy (tpt); Lawrence McBriarty (tmb); Barry Soulsby (clt/vcl); Brian Bennett (bjo); Brian Sibbald (bs); Fred Thompson (dms/vcl) + Ray Burns (hca).
The Millstone was crowded and I just managed to secure a table and a Tyneside Blonde (a beer). I was hungry so I ordered an all-day breakfast. They should have called it an all-year breakfast such was the quantity of sausages, bacon rashers, fried eggs and chips that were piled so high on my plate they almost reached the ceiling. OK so I'm exaggerating, but not by much. Then another Tyneside Blonde joined me - I shall not mention the lady by name save to say she is the auntie of a rock legend. 
The band stomped off with Dinah and I was delighted to note how easily affirmed modernist Hardy dropped into the New Orleans style - you'd have thought he'd been raised on The Bayou.
The delights were many; Fred Thompson's vocals, Barry Soulsby's clarinet playing, McBriarty's trombone and, of course, the two Brians who kept it tight like that but with the fluidity so essential to a good traditional rhythm section.
After an unsuccessful punt on the raffle the band resumed with Ray Burns sitting in on harmonica which added yet another dimension to an afternoon already overflowing with goodies.
Lance.

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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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