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Lionel Loueke: "A mistake is just for the moment - make it the best mistake it can be, and that's it" - (JazzTimes, April 2019).

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Today Thursday April 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Merry Monk, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 12:30pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea NE64 6DB. Tel: 01670 811951. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. concs., £30.00. family). Performance inc Poppy (music composed by Jason Holcomb).

Julija Jaceniate Trio Black Swan, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00. concs). Jacenaite (vocals), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass).

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 8:00pm. Free.

Paul Donnelly Quartet - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Friday, July 20, 2018

China Coast to Cullercoats - July 18

(Review by Russell).
If it's mid-July then as sure as night follows day a paddle steamer full of Kowloon jazz fanatics sets sail for the northeast coast of England. Alright, they fly in, get along to every New Orleans/Dixieland session going then head home, 'home' is the Far East for Colin Aitchison, Franco Valussi and Neville Sarony together with family and friends. On this session at Cullercoats Crescent Club, the China Coast Jazzmen were joined by Don Armstrong, another ex-pat making a long journey, all the way from Oz. 

Wednesdays at Cullercoats is, of course, the Vieux Carré Jazzmen's regular gig. A bumper crowd turned out to listen to Brian Bennett's popular six-piece band and a dizzying number of guests. Way Down Yonder in New OrleansA Smo-o-o-oth OneBye Bye Blues - three tunes to get things started, Fred Thompson taking the vocal on the first of them. 
Band leader Bennett was keen to keep things moving, quite rightly, as it looked like being a busy one. The China Coast's ebullient vocalist Neville Sarony pitched in with Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out, staying on the stand to sing Bourbon Street with the band parading around the room. There is never a brolly dolly when you need one! 

Clarinettist Franco Valussi blew on Christopher Columbus as Colin Aitchison absented himself. CA was feeling a little fragile...a case of the morning after the night before! Meanwhile, Jim McBriarty sang I'm Beginning to See the Light, playing some tenor, a multi reedsman is McBriarty. Eventually,

trumpeter Aitchison made an appearance. 
Bring Me Sunshine sang Our Man from Hong Kong, sounding fine but still not looking so good! 

Cullercoats regular John Broddle joined the party to croon If I Had You accompanied by Don Armstrong on alto who threw in a few quotes including Bird and You and the Night and the Music. The one time River City Jazzman Gordon Solomon added a touch of class...two trombones - Solomon and band mainstay Lawrence McBriarty, three clarinets - McBriarty J, Armstrong and Valussi, the rhythm section boys - Bill Colledge, bass and Fred Thompson, drums - had seen it all before. 

Three o'clock approached, time for trumpeters Bob Wade and a still suffering (!) Colin Aitchison to have a blow on At the Jazz Band Ball. Band leader Bennett looked like he was trying to herd twelve (jazz) cats as he some how managed to assemble all of them on the stand to say goodbye 'til next time. It had been quite a session.
Russell.    
Vieux Carre Jazzmen: Bob Wade (trumpet); Jim McBriarty (tenor, clarinet, vocals); Lawrence McBriarty (trombone); Brian Bennett (banjo); Bill Colledge (bass); Fred Thompson (drums, vocals) + Colin Aitchison (trumpet, vocals); Franco Valussi (clarinet); Gordon Solomon (trombone); Don Armstrong (alto, clarinet); Neville Sarony (vocals); John Broddle (vocals)

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