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13,468 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 886 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (July 17).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Corner House

Mike Durham (tpt/vcl), Barry Soulsby (clt/vcl), Laurence McBriarty (tmb), Brian Sibbald (bs), Brian Bennett (bjo/vcl), Fred Thompson (dms/vcl).
A surprisingly low attendance, given that it was a bank holiday and the usual bank holiday banquet was on the table. On top of that, Mike Durham was on trumpet what more could a purist jazzer ask for?
Perhaps a little less rain is the answer. I'm sure the torrents that flowed from above cancelled out the appeal of the sumptuous array of sausage rolls, quiche, pork pies and sandwiches - enough to have fed a minor republic for a month - that complimented the music.
Tonight, Mike Durham on trumpet helped to make it a nicely balanced front-line with Barry Soulsby's clean lines contrasting with Laurence McB's earthy growls.
Usual trad fare with the exception of "When Somebody Thinks Your Wonderful" and "I Saw Stars". Fred crooned the former and Mike the latter.
I always associate "Stars" with, apart from Django, Becky Kilgore or Roly Veitch (in the audience tonight - Roly not Becky) so hearing it played on banjo was certainly an interesting alternative. Truth is, it's a great tune no matter what the line-up.
Brian B wore an unusual pair of shoes tonight - the soles at the toes are angled at about 45 degrees. This is quite a hazard for a banjo player - the weight of the resonator could easily cause him to topple over if he leaned forward. Perhaps he should have a lead attached to prevent this happening. Come to think of it, perhaps all banjo players should be on a lead.
Only joking (I think...)
Lance.

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