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Today Wednesday January 22

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Julija Jaceniate & Alexys de Alfaro - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Tom Rainey Trio - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Air4ce - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 9:00pm. £TBC. Ginger Baker tribute featuring regional jazz & blues musicians.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Monday, October 19, 2009

Jazz in the Afternoon @ The Crescent Club Cullercoats.

Iain McAulay (tmb/vcl), Derek Fleck (clt/ten/bjo), Brian Chester (pno/tmb), Bill College (bs), Jim McKeown (dms), + Barry Soulsby (clt/vcl), Teresa Armstrong (vcl), Doris Fenn (bjo).
Always an air of gaity about at the Crescent Club which shows in the music. Nothing to be taken too serious - just Goodtime Jazz with a degree of hokum thrown into the mix.
Brian on keys had some inspired moments behind Barry Soulsby and Derek Fleck on "Bueno Sera". I must admit to misgivings when the tune was announced but pleased to say that once they'd despatched the melody both clarinetists played good solo's as well as duetting impressively - their individual lines interweaving contrapuntally - Barry lithe and sinuous, Derek meaty and forceful. Barry exercised his vocal chords too.
Must of the vocal work was done by Iain - "Doctor Jazz" and various blues. Teresa too had her regular workout - this time on "Unforgetable" followed by "That's All".
As well as the music an old cycling buddy, Jim Fleming, was in so a few memories were exchanged. As I left, Derek was unpacking his banjo - this I insist was pure coincidence and had nothing to do with me leaving!
Lance

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