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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ McConnell's Gin & Ale House, Jarrow - February 14

Bob Wade (trumpet); Jim McBriarty (clarinet/alto/vocal); Lawrence McBriarty (trombone); Brian Bennett (banjo/leader); Bill Colledge (bass guitar); Fred Thompson (drums/vocal) + Jess McConnell (vocal ).
(Review by Lance).
I'd spent the afternoon on the operating table at South Tyneside General - a funny way to spend Valentine's Day. Normally, I'd have stayed home to recuperate but, having set the wheels in motion for the VCJ to play a gig at McConnell's Gin and Ale House, I wasn't going to let Carpel Tunnel Syndrome keep me away.
I'd also heard good reports about trumpet player Bob Wade, a recent arrival to the area having spent many years living, working and playing in South Africa and I wanted to check him out.
I wasn't disappointed. Nice round tone, lyrical, and, at times, fiery he seemed to give the band a lift.
The brothers McBriarty held their own alongside the newcomer with the rhythm section providing the springboard.
A typical Vieux Carré session - Running Wild; Dinah; Bye Bye Blues; I'm Beginning to See the Light; Hello Dolly; Bourbon St. Parade; Royal Garden Blues; Lazy River; When You're Smiling; Avalon; Doctor Jazz; Exactly Like You; At the Jazz Band Ball; Lady be Good; Darktown Strutters Ball; Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen; Goin' Home and a reprise of Hello Dolly with vocal by Jess McConnell himself!
There were also vocals from Fred Thompson and Jim McBriarty - even ladies dancing and, fortunately, My Funny Valentine wasn't played on the banjo.
Lance.

2 comments :

Bill Harper said...

nice to see the old band back in full swing after all these years ---- your mention My Funny Valentine reminds me of a sunday morning session at the Brahms & Liszt in the Bigg Market with the RED CARR ALL STARS (Ronnie Young). During the interval a group of us were discussing the use of banjos in jazz.As a pianist I found them an absolute nightmare but Clem Avery who was in the audience, was defending them vigourously.The discussion fell apart in gales of laughter when Ronnie McLean (also in the audience)quietly interjected that he found it hard to imagine a beautiful ballad like LAURA being performed on the banjo.Clem conceded defeat !!!!!

Lance said...

I will remember the story. I don't know if if I was actually there or if I heard it from Ronnie McLean himself during those years I worked with him in Windows. Ronnie, God rest his soul, had a habit of recounting his favourite stories to all in sundry. He played in Dusseldorf with Lennie Hastings band and, during the time we worked together, I think I learned more about Dusseldorf than Adolph Hitler did.

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