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Lou Donaldson: "(On Art Blakey) Everything changed. Especially when the women came in, sat down in the front row, and raised their skirts above their knees. Then the drums got louder, the tempos got faster, and every tune was a drum solo" - (JazzTimes, November 2019.)

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Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

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

Sold Out!

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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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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