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Today Thursday April 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jazz

DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival Launch - Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Featuring Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston.

JR Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student). Line-up: James Romaine (alto sax); Asaph Tal (double bass); Kai Chareunsy (drums). Birmingham Conservatoire student trio. Gig replaces Francis Tulip Quintet (to be rescheduled).

Archipelago + Paul Taylor - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 7:45pm. £8.00. (£6.00. concs). JNE.

Anth Purdy - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Joseph Carville Trio - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:00pm. Free. Carville (piano), Allan Peat (double bass), Mark Rayner (drums).

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

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Rae Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band @ Jazz at the Fell. June 21

Dave Rae (banjo & vocals), Liz Bacon (clarinet), Jim Blenkin (trombone & vocals), John Robinson (double bass) & Paul Bacon (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Gateshead British Legion, the current home to Jazz at the Fell, sweltered on this mid summer night. The Rae Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band, staunch supporters of the jazz club over many years, fulfilled this most recent engagement as a quintet due to Mac Rae being indisposed. Dave Rae remarked that many years ago he worked with the Mighty Joe Young band but a stone’s throw along the road at the Honeysuckle pub (long-since closed and due to open as an open-all-hours ‘express’ supermarket). He further remarked that Alan Price turned up to hear the band. On hearing this a wag at the Legion asked: Aye, but did he stay?
Price, Burdon and co were nowhere to be seen at the Legion, those present were hard core regulars. The Rae Brothers played it strict New Orleans and Brahms’ Cradle Song set the tempo. Dave Rae took the vocal on Dinah and again on WC Handy’s Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor. Legendary names - George Lewis, Sammy Morgan - peppered Rae’s informative and entertaining introductions, not least a thumb-nail sketch of prolific Tin Pan Alley composer Harry MacGregor Woods. The tunesmith’s I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover (1927) illustrated tight ensemble work, the fine front line playing of Liz Bacon, clarinet and  Jim Blenkin, trombone and Paul Bacon’s master class of New Orleans’ style drumming.
From New Orleans to Ascot. What? Yes, Ascot. A late comer marched in wearing a top hat. Well, one does, doesn’t one? A spiritual dating from 1892 put us on Higher Ground and we strode to the interval bar with Marie. Another Guinness, a strip of raffle tickets and the Brolly Dollies were readying themselves to strut their stuff.
We Shall Walk Through the Streets of the City (Rae vocals) vied for the tune of the night (standing comparison with Rendezvous Jazz’ reading of the number earlier in the day). Liz Bacon’s clarinet shone on St Louis Blues and Dave Rae’s vocals on Punch Miller’s Long Distance Blues were worth travelling a distance to hear. An evening of first class New Orleans’ jazz. Next Friday (June 28) get along to the Legion to hear the Vieux Carré Jazzmen.        
Russell.              

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