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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Millstone, South Gosforth featuring Colin Aitchison and Don Armstrong

Fred Rowe (tpt/vcl); Barry Soulsby (clt/vcl); Laurence McBriarty (tmb); Brian Bennett (bjo/vcl)); Ian Heslop (bs); Fred Thompson (dms/vcl). + Colin Aitchison (tpt/vcl); Don Armstrong (clt/alt).
(Review by Lance/ photo of Colin and Lance by Jeannie Aitchison)
A jolly afternoon listening to the goodtime jazz of the VCJ was enhanced today by our man in Hong Kong in Tynemouth 'till Saturday Colin Aitchison on trumpet and vocals and ex-pat Aussie based Don Armstrong playing clarinet and alto.
It was a  good boisterous session with the guests blending in well with the band. Too many choice moments to pick out save to say the room was crowded and appreciation was shown vociferously. Good also to catch up with Colin who is playing well. Like his late dad, famed trumpet man, Hughie, Colin has a penchant for the humorous quote in his solos and there were several which all added to the light hearted summery atmosphere. 
Don Armstrong played clarinet much better than his adopted countrymen play cricket - he also excelled on alto, the complete all-rounder.
Apologies for singling out the guests as the band regulars more than held their own. Fred Rowe has been around for 80 something years and he still blows like he did 50 years ago. Laurence, after his recent health problems is back, slimmer and playing as good as ever. Barry Soulsby - a near perfect clarinet sound - Ian Heslop, now a regular after Brian Sibbald's recent stroke, Fred Thompson - drummer, vocalist extraordinaire - and of course the leader, the man with the banjo, Brian Bennett.
A good session. The 55 bus from the Haymarket takes you right there - be on it next week!
PS: In the audience and looking cool was the aunt of a certain rock star - I hope she reads this as I sure ain't gonna post no message in a bottle!

1 comment :

Brian said...

The aunt of the rock star who shall remain anonymous (let's just call her Roxanne) was elegantly dressed in a 60's chic, 'summer of Love' style outfit. She told me some of her garments were made of parachute silk. Was tempted to ask if anyone was tugging her rip-cord but decided not to risk getting a smack in the gob.

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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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