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Bebop Spoken There

Cécile McLorin Salvant: “I feel like once the song is gone, it’s gone. Music is the fleeting art form – it should be.”(Down Beat October 2017).

John Beasley: “So many jazz band leaders nowadays, they really want to plan out their sets. I came up with guys that read the crowd.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017)

Today Friday November 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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Evening

Sandrani - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:45pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE Women Make Music.

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

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4RA. 01670 772600. 7:30pm. £8.00. adult, £4.00. child.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. 01434 435402. Three-day event, two night stay £164.00.pp, band performing evening Friday 24 & Saturday 25.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Vieux Carré Jazzmen & Guests @ Crescent Club, Cullercoats

Bob Wade (trumpet); Jim McBriarty (clarinet/tenor/vocal); Laurence McBriarty (trombone); Brian Bennett (banjo/vocal); Ollie Rillands (drums/vocals); Bill Colledge (bass guitar) + Neville Sarony (vocal); Miles Watson (vocal); Colin Aitchison (trumpet/vocal); Franco Valussi (clarinet).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Colin Aitchison).
The annual visit by 'Our Man in Hong Kong' - ex-pat Colin Aitchison - and his Ned Kelly's escapees never fails to liven up the local scene. This afternoon, at the Crescent Club, Colin, Franco and Neville slotted into the Vieux Carré Jazzmen's line-up with ease making for a very enjoyable lunchtime session.
The VCJ set the scene with I'm Beginning to See the Light, McBriarty, the younger, taking the vocal and blowing fine tenor. Bourbon Street Parade reminded me of the Breda Jazz Festival back in the 1980s when it seemed to be practically the Dutch national anthem. Bob Wade and McBriarty, the elder. shone. 
Time to call the visitors up.
Neville Saroney sang Ain't She Sweet with Colin, Franco and the home team in there pitching.
Miles hadn't brought his trumpet (Miles without trumpet? it's like Samson without Delilah). However, he had brought his voice along and he sang Carolina Moon with an acapella intro which requires a very good ear indeed!
Neville sang Buddy Bolden Blues and Colin got into the act with Bring me Sunshine.
It was now raffle time which was a very good time if you had a pink ticket but not so good if you'd been dealt a green one. However, it did have a bonus inasmuch as the lady who sold me my green tickets turned out to be a girl I remembered from my schooldays. Lovely to see you again after all these years Philis (unusual spelling)!
The second set had Neville Sitting on Top of the World before bemoaning the fact that Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out.
Ollie, on drums, took over the mic. for a medley that incorporated [or so it seemed] every number that Bill Haley and Jerry Lee Lewis ever recorded. The audience loved it and the dance floor was awash with zimmer frames.
Ollie, depping on drums for Fred Thompson, provided alongside Brian and Bill, solid support throughout.
Colin sang that jazz classic, It's a Long Way to Tipperary and he soon had the crowd singing along (they knew all the words) before giving us Down by the Riverside. This had a spirited Jim Mc/Franco clarinet duet.
All too soon it was time for Brian to sing Goin' Home.
A most enjoyable afternoon.
Lance.
PS:L to R of the picture, Neville, Franco, Yours truly.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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