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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

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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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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