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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, October 26, 2009

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Corner House

Peter Wright (tpt), Lawrence McBriarty (tmb), Barry Soulsby (clt), Brian Bennett (bjo), Brian Sibbald (bs), Fred Thompson (dms/vcl).
What can I say about the "Viet Cong" that hasn't been said a thousand times? They plough their chosen furrow and do it very well.
Personally, I prefer the sound they get on standards rather than the stomps, rags and cakewalks the New Orleans pundits seem to prefer. On numbers such as "Love is Just Around The Corner", "Glad Rag Doll", "All Alone" they get an almost Dixielandic sound as opposed to their usual New Orleans lilt. The latter was much in evidence on "It Happened in Monterey" (the late Brian Fisher used to refer to the song as, "It Happened to Monte Rey a long time ago!")
Lawrence blew some shouting trombone throughout whilst Barry flitted around adding the essential top end.
Brian Sibbald, one of the unsung heroes, had moments of glory in a couple of trumpet/bass duet interludes with Peter that came off quite well - "Davenport Blues" being one of them.
Fred Thompson rowed the band along and didn't sing "Winin' Boy Blues".
Brian Bennett, as ever, was his usual debonair self announcing the numbers, both musical and raffle, with great aplomb. He also played banjo.
Lance.

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