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Paul Edis: "One of the regulars at The Gala today called me a 'turncoat' and another a 'deserter' - that's a very northern way of displaying affection in response to the news that I'm leaving the area. 'They're vicious down there mind you'. " - (Twitter January24, 2020)

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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

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