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Vadim Neselovskyi, Professor of Jazz Piano, Berklee College of Music: “Every pianist has to deal with a very complex left-hand part at some point. This is the essential pianistic experience – to split your brain into two halves and execute two very different tasks at the same time.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Roscoe Mitchell: “To me, improvisation is trying to improve your skills so you can make these on-point compositional decisions. That takes practice.” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Today Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - September 6

Bob Wade (trumpet), Jim McBriarty (clarinet & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Brian Bennett (banjo & vocals), Dave Percy (bass) & Fred Thompson (drums & vocals) + Don Armstrong (clarinet & alto saxophone) & Miles Watson (trumpet & vocals)
(Review by Russell)
Who’s Sorry Now? asked Fred Thompson as the Vieux Carré Jazzmen’s regular Wednesday gig at the coast got under way. The audience a few short on numbers, some, perhaps, still on holiday. The Crescent Club on Cullercoats Bay has been hosting jazz sessions for many a year and for some this lunchtime gig is a fixture – same seat, same beer, same cheese toastie. And now’t wrong with that.
Rosetta, The Lonesome Road with Thompson singing, Bob Wade plungering, and the redoubtable Lawrence McBriarty taking it all in his stride, and, did our trombone veteran fleetingly quote Rockin’ Chair? A rare feature for bandleader Brian Bennett on The World is Waiting for the Sunrise before the first of the day’s guests joined the band. Don Armstrong, on holiday from his home in Australia, made it a clarinet twosome standing alongside Jim McBriarty who took the vocal on It Don’t Mean a Thing.
  
A pint of Allendale’s Pennine Pale at a giveaway £2.60, a packet of salted peanuts, a raffle ticket, a natter, the interval flew by. Musical matters resumed with Jim McBriarty telling us It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie. A second guest stepped up to sing You Always Hurt the One You Love. Miles Watson presented a contrast in styles standing alongside the Vieux Carré’s trumpeter Bob Wade. Runnin’ Wild all but exhausted Watson and he went for a lie down, leaving the stage to Don Armstrong and Fats’ Blue Turning Grey over You. Fred Thompson sang it and the frontline soloed in turn with Armstrong on alto. A favourite swinger – I’ve Got the World on a String – heard from crooner McBriarty sitting on a rainbow. A refreshed Watson rejoined proceedings to sing Baby Face before MC Bennett called time with Goin’ Home. Fans of the Vieux Carré have another opportunity to hear the band at the Black Bull in East Boldon on Tuesday 19 September. It’s the start of a new residency, same format, one o’clock start etc. The Black Bull pub is two minutes’ stroll from East Boldon Metro Station. 
Russell.                        

2 comments :

  1. Brian Bennett sang Baby Face not yous truly. Ta.

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  2. Yes, you're right. Unlike the alcohol-free evening gig in Ashington, your reviewer did sample a couple of beers at the Crescent Club so the excuse/reason for this error is...incompetence!

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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.
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