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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 22: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 23: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 23: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Corner House

John Cowan (cor/vcl), Lawrence McBriety (tmb), Barry Soulsby (clt/alt/vcl), Eric Brooks (pno), Bill Brooks (bs), Brian Bennett (bjo/gtr), Fred Thompson (dms/vcl).
A rousing "At The Jazz Band Ball", complete with vocal from Fred Thompson, got things off to a foot-tapping start. John Cowan, depping for Peter Wright, provided a solid cornet lead that remained constant throughout the evening. Barry and Lawrence soared and slid above and below with the piano augmented rhythm section giving that extra impetus. This was more Dixieland than New Orleans. However, they were soon back to the Delta with, I think, "Miss Magnolia" where they stayed awhile before "My Blue Heaven" took them back upstream.
As well as JC, the Brooks, who aren't related except in jazz, were also depping.
The bass-playing Brooks is a well known figure on the trad circuit and deservedly held in high esteem but Brooks, The Piano, was an unknown quantity to me and he proved to be a fine two fisted player well versed in the idiom.
A good stomping session with an interval buffet that could easily have fed five thousand; perhaps JC's talents go beyond mere cornet playing...


Russell said...

Hi Lance

A good session and as you say a mammoth feast !


Liz said...

Ah memories.."At the jazz band ball" was the very first number that I ever jived to in our local dance hall. In those early days we were only allowed to jive in the interval of the traditional ballroom variety, and only in a corner too.

John T said...

Bill Brooks was with the V.C. band when I went every Friday to the New Orleans Club. The programme was more mixed then. Half way through the night Clive Grey would play solo and jazz up some George Formby songs - I think on a ukulele banjo. When the V.C. came to Ashington in the 50's (before my time) they were known as the V.C. jazz band and skiffle group.
I seem to remember Clems band in the 60's did some skiffle at half time, with Clem moving on to guitar or was it bass?

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