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Lou Donaldson: "(On Art Blakey) Everything changed. Especially when the women came in, sat down in the front row, and raised their skirts above their knees. Then the drums got louder, the tempos got faster, and every tune was a drum solo" - (JazzTimes, November 2019.)

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Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

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

Sold Out!

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, June 02, 2017

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Northumberland Park, Tynemouth - May 28

Brian Bennett (banjo & vocals); Bob Wade (trumpet); Jim McBriarty (reeds & vocals); Laurence McBriarty (trombone); Bill College (bass); Fred Thompson (drums & vocals); Steve Wade (drums) (in the second set).
(Review by John T.) 
The Vieux Carré Jazzmen were the last of four bands to play on the bandstand in Northumberland Park in Tynemouth last Sunday (May 28). See attached photo of a bands eye view of the gig. The usual numbers were forthcoming. Ice Cream and Hello Dolly seemed very appropriate for the outdoor setting. Nice to see the full band and not just a four piece as they sometimes bring along for outside gigs.
One or two putters from Cullercoats were in evidence but it was mostly a family audience. Bob Wade’s wife (who hails from Tynemouth) was surrounded by her family members. Bob’s son Steve and his family travelled all the way from Bedale (with his own cymbals) to ably guest on drums during the second half. This gave Fred an opportunity to sing up front. Steve retuned to live in the UK from SA several years ago. Today was a great get together for the Wade family.
John T.

1 comment :

Ashington Jazz Club said...

Found out that Steve Wade is left handed and did not in fact bring his own cymbals. He changed Fred's cymbals round to his settings.
Also the catering for the event was fantastic with a huge Hog Roast! White baps with pulled pork, stuffing and apple sauce.