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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED!
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Millstone.

Fred Rowe (tpt.vcl); Barry Soulsby (clt/vcl); Laurence McBriarty (tmb); Brian Bennett (bjo/vcl); Brian Sibbald (bs); Fred Thompson (dms.vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
It was good to hear the VCJ again - it had been a while - and I'm pleased to say that the slings and arrow that are occasionally thrown their way have not affected their enthusiasm and indeed skill. They have never strayed away from the dictum that jazz is entertainment and entertain they certainly do.
As I bellied up to the bar to order a pint of Doom Bar Bitter - one of several real ales on offer - the band were looking back at the old Skiffle days with Worried Man Blues. Indeed with the recent drastic cuts in Arts Council Funding there must be a lot of worried men and women singing a worried song - let's hope they won't be worried long!
Fortunately, bands such as the VCJ aren't in the funding scuffle - their music is much too happy for that!
Fred Rowe sang of Miss Magnolia's Wedding Day, Fred Thompson crooned Buddy Bolden's Blues and I ordered a Cumberland Feast. This comprised; Cumberland Sausage, Fried Egg, Chips, Peas and a Boat of Gravy. 
Milenberg Joys, I Get The Blues When It Rains - Soulsby and Rowe doing the vocal - Rowe made like The Schnozz (Jimmy Durante - ask your ma!) on Inka, Dinka Do (They don't write them like that any more!) and I anticipated my Cumberland Feast.
The set finished with Soulsby singing Ace in the Hole and I licked my lips at the thought of my Cumberland Feast. I wondered if they'd had to send to Cumbria for it?
The barmaid approached - she had an apologetic look on her face.
There'd been a breakdown in communication and my order had been lost. However, it was now being processed (cooked) and would I like a drink on the house?
I said that I thought that a splendid idea and another pint of Doom Bar more than made up for the wait and I have to say that when the Feast did arrive it was as fine a piece of Cumberland Sausage that I have tasted outside of Cumbria. Full marks for food and customer relations.
Back on the bandstand Soulsby was singing Everybody Loves My Baby (was it Billy Harper or Eddie Thompson? who used to call it - Every Baby Loves My Body?), he then played Stranger on the Shore - it was a request, like The Saints, it always is!
Fred Thompson sang At The Jazz Band Ball - substituting his own words for Johnny Mercer's! They were ok. Barry and Fred sang Shine and Ann Alex remarked on how subversive the lyrics were!
I guess you have to treat them in the context of the time when the song was written (1910)
Fred Rowe sang I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover which he'd re-written as I'm Getting Over The Worst Hangover That I've Ever Had Before! Good Time Jazz - no other way to describe it and, although I've concentrated on the vocals the solos and the ensembles were first class.
A visit to The Millstone is worthwhile.
Lance.

1 comment :

Ann Alex said...

About those lyrics to 'Shine'. I hadn't noticed them before but I guess the song is highly ironic, and refers to the problems that black Americans had. For instance black musicians weren't allowed to play in certain venues under colour bar rules.
Anyway I thoroughly enjoyed this gig.
Ann Alex

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