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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Wednesday February 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Lindsay Hannon - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8ppm. £4 (Students free).
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Cancelled this week only. Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00. Cancelled.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Millstone. March 27

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)
(Review by Russell).
The weather on Haddricks Mill Road couldn’t have been worse – hailstones resembling golf balls, sleet, torrential rain. Top Cat had returned from Moscow so the boys in the band were on their best behaviour. Looking out of the window bandleader Bennett said April Showers seemed like a good one to start with, so they did, the month of April but a few days away. Fred Thompson and Barry Soulsby shared the vocal duties.
Fred Rowe sang Aint’ She Sweet?, played good trumpet on The Jackass Blues and sang again (there was no stopping the senior man in the band) – something called Inka Dinka Doo.
The Millstone does ‘classic’ pub grub – something and chips or if you fancy it, something else and chips. The Vieux Carré aspire to something a little more sophisticated – Jambalaya for instance. Thompson and Soulsby once again helped themselves to a portion of vocals, red beans and rice for Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), a real gumbo. Buddy Bolden’s Blues as a second course (Thompson’s vocals) with a pint of Bass made for a good choice.
The weather improved during the interval and second set the Vieux Carré Jazzmen picked up were they left off with a good selection of tunes. Palestrina (Rowe, vocals), Embraceable You (Thompson vocals, Soulsby on clarinet) and a rousting Bugle Boy March maintained the standard. Later Brian Bennett took time to talk about Malcolm Gray (trumpet/flugelhorn) whose death was announced earlier in the week. He dedicated Just a Closer Walk with Thee to the memory of Malcolm.     
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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