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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 Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Vieux Carré @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle.

Peter Wright (tpt); Paul Gowland (ten); Laurence McBriarty (tmb); Brian Bennett (bjo); Phil Rutherford (sousa); Fred Thompson (dms/vcl) + John Broddle and Minnie Frazer (vcls).
(Review by Lance).
The diversity of  music presented by the Jazz Coop at the Globe Jazz Bar has never been more clearly defined than by these last two sessions. Yesterday, the DB Jazz Project were looking towards tomorrow. Today, the Vieux Carré Jazzmen looked back at yesterday (and a few days before that!)
Both are relevant, Jazz has a long and beautiful past and it is important that that there are still bands around, such as the VCJ, to ensure that the bygone eras are not forgotten.
Not that tonight was all clunk clunk, oompah, oompah  - not with Paul Gowland around! The tenor player slotted in perfectly, adapting his usual fiery style to suit the idiom. Outstanding was his version of Out of Nowhere - a prequel to John Broddle's vocal - which featured tenor accompanied by banjo, sousaphone and drums and it actually worked!
Broddle was one of several singers strutting their stuff, the others included drummer Fred Thompson and the Coop's own Minnie Frazer.
Minnie sang Ain't Misbehavin', despite the challenge of singing it a couple of tones lower than she normally does it sounded good. Later she duetted with John Broddle on All of Me.
Apart from Out of Nowhere, John also crooned If I Had You, Roses of Picady, Should I? and Margie.
Fred Thompson gave us When Somebody Thinks Your Wonderful; Indiana; Tin Roof Blues and Bei Mir Bist Du Schon - all were well received by the well attended session which augurs well for future trad nights.
Apart from the vocals, there was Melancholy Blues - powerful trumpet from Peter Wright - Joe Avery's Piece, which bore a strong resemblance to Rock Around the Clock and the opener Lord Lord Lord You Sure Been Good to me with McBriarty blowing some 'shoutin' trombone.
Behind it all Bennett, Rutherford and Thompson kept the engine running and firing on all cylinders - this was one fine Model T. If they ever do a London-Brighton for trad bands the VCJ would be a good each way bet!
I left just before the end to catch the number 22 which for future reference I now know arrives at 01, 21 and 41 minutes past the hour,
Photos.
Lance.
PS: Forgot to mention that Johnny Handle was in but, unfortunately, the Clavinova was covered over!

1 comment :

  1. A great evening, with a lovely atmosphere. There will be more!!

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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