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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Millstone. March 20

Brian Bennett (banjo & vocals), Fred Rowe (trumpet & vocals), Barry Soulsby (clarinet, alto saxophone & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Bill Colledge (double bass) & Fred Thompson (drums & vocals) + Harry Stephenson (clarinet)
(Review by Russell)
Thursday afternoon, a trip down to the Millstone to hear the Vieux Carré Jazzmen, the place busy. Many a publican would kill for numbers like this on a Friday night! Brian Bennett and co serve up an entertaining couple of hours of classic era jazz tunes. The Millstone offers popular pub grub to feed the jazz fan, lunch hour business types, the pub regular and the occasional visitor. One such in the latter category, having a quick pint on his way to visit at the Freeman Hospital, observed Mr Bennett picking up his banjo said: Oh, a ukulele! He heard the first number, said his mother would have liked it, drank up and left.
A pint of the Ouseburn Brewery’s Armstrong Bitter seemed appropriate given that the Millstone backs onto what was Lord Armstrong’s back yard, long-since known as Jesmond Dene. Freds Rowe and Thompson took the first of the vocals. Trumpeter Rowe sang I Double Dare You, drummer Thompson The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave to Me. Reeds man Barry Soulsby knows all about This Sporting Life, told us about it and played some clarinet. Frontline partner Lawrence McBriarty offered some typically good trombone work, the ensemble as one.
The sweet toned, plaintive vocals of Fred Thompson were heard to good effect on the Razaf/Waller classic Black and Blue (Soulsby on alto). Undecided was decidedly good with McBriarty, Soulsby (alto) and the octogenarian Rowe sharing the solo spotlight.
The interval; raffle, a chat, a refill and in no time we were Way Down Yonder (Thompson’s vocals, clarinet and top trumpet). The tunes kept on coming – Baby Won’t You Please Come Home?, It Had to be You, then bandleader Bennett introduced another clarinet to the front line – Mr Harry Stephenson. Twelfth  Street Rag featured the sitter in (regular clarinetist Soulsby sat down to play supporting alto), the band on top form, the audience keen to show appreciation. Fred Rowe told us he was a Big Butter and Egg Man and before we knew it Brian Bennett told us it was time to be Goin’ Home. The Vieux Carré can be heard here, there and everywhere, they’re a busy band. If you are free on a Thursday afternoon (1:00 pm) you could do worse than visit the Millstone. Easy to get to – Metro to South Gosforth or the 55 bus from Haymarket – and a friendly place to sit with a pint (remember, be a patron at the bar, it funds the ‘jazz economy’) and listen to the Vieux Carré Jazzmen.          
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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