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Curtis Stigers: “I’m a jazz singer. I’m not a saxophonist. When I stand in front of a band like the Danish Radio Big Band or Ronnie Scott’s, I usually tend to leave the instrument on the stand.” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, Sage Gateshead: “SummerTyne is our largest festival and we absolutely love it!” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Vieux Carré International Jazzmen @ The Millstone, South Gosforth.

Colin Aitchison (tpt/vcl); Franco Valussi (clt); Paul Gowland (alt); Laurence McBriarty (tmb); Brian Bennett (bjo); Dick Percy (bs gtr); Fred Thompson (dms/vcl) + Neville Sarony (vcl); Kenny Segura (bjo).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Colin & Jeanie Aitchison.)
I think Kowloon must have been empty today judging by the number of visitors from Hong Kong at the Millstone this afternoon.
Two of their number, Valussi and Aitchison were an integral part of the Vieux Carré International Jazzmen and Sarony and Segura popped up at frequent intervals - entertainers all.
A rousing Bourbon St Parade followed by China Boy led to a couple of numbers from Neville Sarony. Neville, son of Leslie Sarony - a well known entertainer and songwriter whose career straddled both world wars -, sang Buddy Bolden's Blues and It Had to be You. A strong voice with more than a hint of George Melly about it.
Colin, of course, also sang a few as did Fred Thompson but perhaps the the emotional highlight was Franco playing Memories of You with just rhythm accompaniment.
Dedicated to the late Barry Soulsby.
Kenny Segura (pictured left with Neville Sarony and myself) joined the band for Hello Dolly with vocal by Colin and now we had TWO banjos on stage!
It didn't hurt a bit!
Segura is part of the Hot Chop Suey Jazz Band out in Kowloon.
Sarony returned for Won't you Come Home Bill Bailey and Colin sang I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter - updated to a Postcard - next time it will be an Email!
More Neville with I Can't Give You Anything But Love then Shine from Fred and a grand finale with Doctor Jazz.
Needless to say, apart from the visiting firemen, the band regulars were on top form. Paul excelled on alto slotting into the idiom with ease whilst McBriarty had his moments too. Banjo and bass guitar gelled and it was a splendid afternoon all round.
They can be heard again on Saturday Afternoon at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival at Tynemouth.
Lance.


1 comment :

  1. My mother and I have enjoyed listening to the jazz this week, the jazz and the meals at the Millstone are great. Only thing wrong is that not everyone can see the band.

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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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