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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

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

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Crescent Club. March 26

Fred Rowe (trumpet & vocals), Barry Soulsby (clarinet & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Dave Rae (banjo), Bill Colledge (bass) & Fred Thompson (drums & vocals) + Theresa Armstrong (vocals), Derek Fleck (clarinet)
(Review by Russell)
Trumpeter Fred Rowe apologised for the absence of Brian Bennett, informing the crowd that their bandleader was in Moscow negotiating with President Putin over the threatened use of  banjos in the Crimea.
When the cat’s away…these cats played, feeling Black and Blue (Fred Thompson, vocals, Barry Soulsby, clarinet). Fred Rowe sang about a Glad Rag Doll and Thompson told us: I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody Like I’m Loving You (snappy title). Back in Your Own Back Yard rattled along and hot jazz topped the menu in China Town (Dave Rae, banjo, Maitre D).

The interval found Bill Colledge telling a thousand stories of a life in jazz (note to BSH editor – Mr Colledge should be encouraged to put pen to paper), raffle prizes went elsewhere and another pint of Consett Brewery’s Steel Town went down a treat (especially at a bargain £2.70,). At the bar one of the regulars was heard saying to the barmaid: Put it on Mr Bennett’s tab. When the cat’s away…
Second set, drummer Thompson took us to the Darktown Strutters’ Ball, the frontline having a grand old time. Soulsby sang Button Up Your Overcoat, Thompson Old Rocking Chair (Soulsby, top clarinet). Derek Fleck joined the party (he too having taken advantage of Mr Bennett’s bar tab), accompanying Theresa Armstrong on Red Sails in the Sunset. The clarinets of Soulsby and Fleck took us out on The Weary Blues, Fred Rowe protesting: I’m sick and tired of this one!                    

Russell.    

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