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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - September 6

Bob Wade (trumpet), Jim McBriarty (clarinet & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Brian Bennett (banjo & vocals), Dave Percy (bass) & Fred Thompson (drums & vocals) + Don Armstrong (clarinet & alto saxophone) & Miles Watson (trumpet & vocals)
(Review by Russell)
Who’s Sorry Now? asked Fred Thompson as the Vieux Carré Jazzmen’s regular Wednesday gig at the coast got under way. The audience a few short on numbers, some, perhaps, still on holiday. The Crescent Club on Cullercoats Bay has been hosting jazz sessions for many a year and for some this lunchtime gig is a fixture – same seat, same beer, same cheese toastie. And now’t wrong with that.
Rosetta, The Lonesome Road with Thompson singing, Bob Wade plungering, and the redoubtable Lawrence McBriarty taking it all in his stride, and, did our trombone veteran fleetingly quote Rockin’ Chair? A rare feature for bandleader Brian Bennett on The World is Waiting for the Sunrise before the first of the day’s guests joined the band. Don Armstrong, on holiday from his home in Australia, made it a clarinet twosome standing alongside Jim McBriarty who took the vocal on It Don’t Mean a Thing.
  
A pint of Allendale’s Pennine Pale at a giveaway £2.60, a packet of salted peanuts, a raffle ticket, a natter, the interval flew by. Musical matters resumed with Jim McBriarty telling us It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie. A second guest stepped up to sing You Always Hurt the One You Love. Miles Watson presented a contrast in styles standing alongside the Vieux Carré’s trumpeter Bob Wade. Runnin’ Wild all but exhausted Watson and he went for a lie down, leaving the stage to Don Armstrong and Fats’ Blue Turning Grey over You. Fred Thompson sang it and the frontline soloed in turn with Armstrong on alto. A favourite swinger – I’ve Got the World on a String – heard from crooner McBriarty sitting on a rainbow. A refreshed Watson rejoined proceedings to sing Baby Face before MC Bennett called time with Goin’ Home. Fans of the Vieux Carré have another opportunity to hear the band at the Black Bull in East Boldon on Tuesday 19 September. It’s the start of a new residency, same format, one o’clock start etc. The Black Bull pub is two minutes’ stroll from East Boldon Metro Station. 
Russell.                        

2 comments :

Miles said...

Brian Bennett sang Baby Face not yous truly. Ta.

Russell said...

Yes, you're right. Unlike the alcohol-free evening gig in Ashington, your reviewer did sample a couple of beers at the Crescent Club so the excuse/reason for this error is...incompetence!

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