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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Vieux Carre Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. December 23rd.

Brian Bennett (banjo), Fred Rowe (trumpet & vocals), Barry Soulsby (clarinet & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Johnny Handle (keyboards & vocals), Dave Percy (electric bass) & Fred Thompson (drums & vocals).
Today's regular Wednesday lunchtime session with the Vieux Carre was party time down by the seaside. A good number of folk turned out just a couple of days before the festive season sees all musical activities cease - well, for twenty four hours at least.
Garish waistcoats donned, garish bow ties tied and off we went with many familiar tunes honed to near perfection by the VCJ.
Fred Rowe was in fine form on trumpet and vocals. Barry Soulsby played ever inventive flowing lines, Lawrence McBriarty knows all the tunes and from time to time growled, friendly like, on plunger mute.
'Careless Love', 'Mandy' and a hot 'Dr. Jazz' with Fred Thompson taking the vocals, were just some of the tunes on offer today.
I half expected a buffet - I don't know why - but it didn't materialise. The interval raffle prizes included a painting by local artist Eddie Russell - it went first pick (a good choice by the lucky winning ticket holder).
The second set began with Johnny Handle taking to the stage to play two tunes - 'Keep Yer Feet Still Geordie Hinny' and a Handle original, a rag called 'Malvern Swings'.
Handle played double bass with the Vieux Carre way back. He then went on to write his name in folk music history as founder of Folk Song and Ballad (the club thrives half a century on, although now known as the Bridge Folk Club) and as a member of the High Level Ranters. It was great to hear him play some jazz (it would have been better still to have heard him play the upright piano tucked away around the corner).
Silly Santa hats and beards were afixed yet they didn't stop trumpeter Rowe and 'bone man McBriarty from stoking it up on 'Jingle Bells'. Dave Percy, depping on bass, fitted in well and MC Mr.Bennett kept the band in order and things to time.
More Vieux Carre festive goings-on can be had on Monday night (28th) at the Corner House in Heaton and again next Wednesday afternoon (30th) at the Crescent Club.
Russell.

1 comment :

Lance said...

After Monday's culinary experience at the Jazz in the Afternoon Banquet I would have fully expected a buffet from the VC!
I suppose it was too much to expect to have Johnny Handle AND a buffet.
Monday's raffle prizes included fish and chips for two at the chippy next door and a 'Calendar Boys' calendar of the band.

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