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David Binney: "In this age, we musicians need to do anything we can to make a living, and ninety-nine percent of us will have to do a wide variety of things." - (Jazz Times May 2019)


Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Until July 21

Today Monday July 15



Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (See above).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.


Mnozil Brass: Cirque - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £23.00. (£19.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

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

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Vieux Carre Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - May 1

Ray Harley (trumpet); Jim McBriarty (clarinet, vocals); Lawrence McBriarty (trombone); Brian Bennett (banjo, vocals); Bill Colledge (double bass); Fred Thompson (drums, vocals) + Miles Watson (trumpet, vocals)
(Review by Russell/Photos to follow)

May Day, be vigilant! Morris dancers, handkerchiefs at the ready, could be round the next corner! Arriving a little late in Cullercoats (a change of train, an amended timetable) with spots of rain in the air, the Vieux Carre Jazzmen were already at it with All of Me entertaining a good number in the bar of the sea-front Crescent Club. 

Singing drummer Fred Thompson sang a couple; Georgia then Slow Boat to China, handing over to Jim McBriarty who was all Smiles. Bandleader Brian Bennett brought the first set to a close singing Oh, You Beautiful Doll - did he have anyone in mind?

The Crescent Club puts most other club venues to shame with its permanent selection of three or four handpulls on the bar and it really excelled this aternoon in not only offering Grainger Ale but, believe it or not, it was 'from the wood'! Jazz venues, take note!

It's a rarity these days catching Ray Harley on a gig. When he is, it's worth paying attention. Our trumpeter called quite a few of today's numbers and hearing him blow on Swing that Music made the trip to the coast worthwhile. Bandleader Bennett interjected to oversee the raffle. First prize, according to BB, was a trip to Gran Canaria plus a bottle of wine. He enquired of the winner if he could get to the airport in 20 minutes. Our prize winner replied: No. Bennett said: In that case your prize is no longer valid, although you get to keep the wine!

McBriarty J sang Hoagy's New OrleanMcBriarty L, that's Lawrence, didn't sing, choosing to play trombone) and a while later trumpeter Miles Watson joined the VCJ to sing Bye Bye Blackbird. Rar
ely  does a Wednesday session stray beyond three o'clock but this one did, only slightly, as the band squeezed in Tiger Rag, FT crooning Up a Lazy River and When You're Smiling. Brain Bennett  sent 'em on their way with, as ever, Goin' Home.    

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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.
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