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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Vieux Carre Jazzmen @ The Newton Park, Benton. March 24th.

Brian Bennett (banjo & vocals), Fred Rowe (trumpet & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Roger Myerscough (clarinet,  baritone sax & vocals), Fred Thompson (drums & vocals) & Brian Sibbald (double bass).
The Vieux Carre Jazzmen invited Roger Myerscough 'up north' to play a couple of gigs at the refurbished Newton Park public house last night and tonight at the Marquis of Granby in Sunniside. 
The Newton was doing a roaring trade as I arrived (the pub has been transformed into a very successful food operation) and the Vieux Carré's regular band of Monday night supporters abandoned the Corner House to follow Mr. Bennett & co. to this new jazz venue (I say 'new' venue but more of that later). 
A pint of Greene King's Abbot Ale in hand, I was in the company of other regular jazzers, as the band took to the stand. I Can't Give You Anything But Love Baby, Buona Sera and King Oliver's Jackass Blues (good clarinet from Myerscoughwere but a few of the tunes in an entertaining first set
Raffle done (nearly a winner!), the second set started with a favourite - Bill Bailey followed by It's a Long Way to Tipperary and others. Fred Rowe took a good vocal on Shine and in no time it was Goin' Home time (11:00 PM). 
On the subject of jazz at the Newton Park...I'm sure that many moons ago I heard the Alan Glen Complex in this very pub. Can anyone confirm AG did actually play at the pub? Were you there?
Russell

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