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Craig Taborn: "Every sound you make is a choice, and it's a choice made in relation to everything happening around you" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Thursday April 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jazz

DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival Launch - Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Featuring Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston.

JR Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student). Line-up: James Romaine (alto sax); Asaph Tal (double bass); Kai Chareunsy (drums). Birmingham Conservatoire student trio. Gig replaces Francis Tulip Quintet (to be rescheduled).

Archipelago + Paul Taylor - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 7:45pm. £8.00. (£6.00. concs). JNE.

Anth Purdy - 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.

Joseph Carville Trio - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:00pm. Free. Carville (piano), Allan Peat (double bass), Mark Rayner (drums).

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

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

River City Hot Four @ Beresford Arms, Whalton, Northumberland - February 4

Gordon Solomon (trombone); Jim McBriarty (clarinet/vocals); Keith Stephen (banjo/guitar); Phil Rutherford (sousaphone)
(Review by J.T.)

The launch of a new band and a new venue made me hope that at long last the decline of live jazz in the area had stopped. I was not proved wrong. What an excellent night out we had on Monday at the Beresford Arms at Whalton to see the launch of “revival” band, the River City Hot Four. 
The recently refurbished pub provided an excellent pint of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord (no relation). A great log fire and very comfortable surroundings helped us all feel at home. 

Bob Wade was scheduled to be part of the band but because of a broken rib could not play. Jim McBriaty was a very able late replacement. Considering Gordon and Keith had not played together for about 10 years they were playing better than ever. Jim and Phil brought their experience from the "Vaux Carrie Hot 4"* and each number came over fantastically well.

As a teenager, I attempted to learn to play the piano. The first copy I ever bought was Blue Moon which I was so pleased to hear it again tonight. The band had a considerable setlist but my favourites were Tin Roof Blues, Sugar and Paper Moon.

The photo is of the band from more than a decade ago featuring the late Bill Brooks on bass.
Anyone fancy organising a bus trip for the March gig?
JT.
*Vaux Carriage (Carrie) - nickname for the original Vieux Carré Jazzmen. Vaux being a well known Sunderland brewery with horse-pulled drays back in the day.

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