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Bebop Spoken There

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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Bell & Bucket New Orleans Jazz Festival. May 25

Paul Bacon (drums), Liz Bacon (clarinet), Jeff Milner (trombone & vocals), Sarah Thatcher (banjo & guitar), Mike ‘Spike’ Kennedy (double bass) & Emily Bacon (vocals)
Review by Russell).
Bank holiday Monday at the end of May means one thing…it’s the Bell and Bucket New Orleans Jazz Festival! This 2015 festival, the second of hopefully many more to come in years to come, mimicked last year’s inaugural event; a two day event, a one o’clock start with invited guests from around the UK and the support of the weekly Monday session’s regulars.
The Bacons – Paul and Liz – are dedicated practitioners of the music of New Orleans. In a nice touch they invited daughter Emily to return to Tyneside to sing at this year’s event. Ms Bacon lives in Bangor, Wales. Sarah Thatcher (banjo and guitar) lives in Newport (in Wales, not Rhode Island), making for a one-third Welsh-based contingent on the stand. A fifty-fifty split in genders made for an unusually healthy number of female musicians in a world all-to-frequently dominated by BOFs (of the male variety). Trombonist Jeff Milner returned following his well-received appearance at last year’s festival and Spike Kennedy (bass) was making his debut at the Norfolk Street festival.
Emily Bacon wasted no time getting up to sing In a Sentimental Mood and, iPhone at the ready (a lyrics’ download, you know), You Are My Sunshine. Mr Milner showed he could sing as well as play trombone on Love Letters in the Sand. Liz Bacon (clarinet) and Emily Bacon teamed up on Crazy and Emily stayed on to sing everyone’s favourite – All of Me.
Festival interval raffle prizes were many – bottles of plonk and various Bacon/Mississippi Dreamboats’ CD releases to choose from. Cullercoats Brewery dominated the bar (no bad thing) and the sun shone, what more could one ask for on a holiday weekend?
Second set. One or two (welcome) later comers boosted numbers. A Ducal treat – Creole Love Call and Mood Indigo (the latter featuring Emily’s vocals) – ensured that day one of this year’s festival got the thumbs-up from all present. Sarah Thatcher’s musicianship got the thumbs-up from your reviewer, as did her rhythm partner Spike Kennedy.
Day two (Tuesday) features three of the north east’s finest; Mr Mac Rae (on this occasion on clarinet), trombonist Laurence McBriarty (to quote Paul Bacon: He can play anything) and pianist Dick Straughn. Sarah Thatcher and Mike Kennedy are staying over. They are well-worth catching. One o’clock start and it’s free admission.        
Russell.

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