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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

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Lance

Today December 14

Afternoon

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. guests - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

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

Thursday, December 31, 2015

December in the Rain - The "Coasters", Dec. 30

(Weather Report by Russell)
The Magnesia Bank’s house beer Maggie Bank (Cullercoats Brewery) looked the pick. Walked in with trumpeter Miles Watson, hopeful of a turnout to exceed the quintet on the stand. Quintet outnumbered (just), September (December!) in the Rain seemed apt. Don’t Get Around Much Any More (some don’t), then This Can’t Be Love. This is the kind of session the casual visitor would enjoy, sitting with a pint, listening to a relaxed group of friends playing a few tunes. Miles sang, Laurie played tenor, Roy, keyboards (and bass pedals), Robin, tasteful guitar, and the man who can walk on water, Peter on drums.*
The quintet – the Jazz Esquires – can be heard every Wednesday on Camden Street at around one o’clock. It’s free admission, there is a raffle and the beers are Cullercoats’ finest. The lure of Cullercoats itself proved too strong, and on departing the boys were reminiscing on I Remember April.
Jazz Esquires: Miles Watson (trumpet & vocals), Laurie Brown (tenor saxophone), Roy Gibson (keyboards), Robin Douthwaite (guitar) & Peter Ninnim (drums).    
* Peter’s Tyne Valley home has been flooded more than once in recent weeks. He said there was every chance that when he returned home after the gig the place would under water again. Now there’s a man who’s got his priorities right – jazz comes first, second and third!
North Shields to Cullercoats. The North Sea Ferry was being blown into port at a rate of knots. At Cullercoats Crescent Club the Cullercoats Brewery beers had been supped at a rate of knots that the pump clips were being turned round. The one decent brew left was Theakston’s Christmas Ale. You just can’t avoid it, can you? Christmas, that is. The pub with a DON’T MENTION THE WAR…SORRY, XMAS policy would do a bah humbug of a roaring trade. Oh, yes, the jazz. The Vieux Carré Jazzmen were just about to get their second set under way. A good crowd in (as usual), the first of two guests joined the band. John Broddle sang Rose of Picardy, then, by popular request, stayed on to sing Out of Nowhere. Jim McBriarty sang Angry, although he looked anything but, and not to be left out, Fred Thompson crooned East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Lawrence and Paul, the regular horn players did their stuff and ex weather man Mr Derek Fleck joined them on clarinet. “None of my doing, this weather, I’ve retired!”
I’ve Got the World on a String, so said McBriarty J. Honeysuckle Rose followed, this the band with four vocalists. Four? Yes, Brian Bennett, by tradition, bade us farewell – Goin’ Home (to New Orleans, to Newcastle or wherever the heart is).
Vieux Carré Jazzmen: Brian Bennett (banjo & vocals), Jim McBriarty (clarinet & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Paul Gowland (tenor saxophone), Bill Colledge (bass) & Fred Thompson (drums) + John Broddle (vocals) & Derek Fleck (clarinet),
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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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.)
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