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Bebop Spoken There

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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Mostly Moonlight @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Vocals/piano duo.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets: www.sedgefieldblues.com.
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone - August 9

Ray Harley (trumpet); Jim McBriarty (clarinet, alto sax, vocals); Lawrence McBriarty (trombone); Brian Bennett (banjo, guitar); Bill Colledge (bass guitar); Fred Thompson (drums, vocals) + John Broddle (vocals); Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica, vocals)

What a contrast! Last week it was in the mid twenties, today the top temperature in Holystone must have been fully ten degrees lower. Taking the wind chill factor into account it was positively autumnal. Gone were the shorts and straw boaters as the band huddled together, in a socially distanced kind of way, under an awning which, a week ago, offered welcome relief from a burning sun, this afternoon it acted as a windbreaker.

Washington and Lee Swing opened proceedings as the faithful looked up at a leaden sky. Would the sun break through? Fat chance! A chilled pint of Guinness pointed up a failing of 'Covid-secure' table service. Anyone who knows anything about beer wouldn't ever order a chilled pint of Guinness or any other beer for that matter, but, the bar staff probably assumed this is what the customer would want (the handpull was unavailable). The prospect of sitting in a beer garden for a couple of hours or so in what seemed like sub-zero temperatures held little appeal. Band leader Brian Bennett suggested Jim McBriarty should sing Smiles. BB suggested the number was somehow appropriate...hmm.

We English are said to be stoical about the weather - we talk about it, we endure it. MC Bennett introduced Fred Thompson's first vocal number of the afternoon - Bring Me Sunshine. Very droll. The first of the afternoon's guests got up to join the band. If I Had You met with a chorus of 'bah, bah' but we weren't too distracted from John Broddle's vocals, they're always a delight. Fred Thompson closed the first set with Runnin' Wild. Perhaps we should have been running on the spot in an effort to keep warm!

The interval; no raffle (Covid-secure are the VCJ), instead, the hat was passed round. A handpull was on. Hooray! That'll be a pint of London Pride. Minutes later...sorry, the London Pride isn't on, the Deuchars is on. A pint of (non-chilled) Deuchars it was. 

Jim McBriarty kicked off the second set singing My Honey's Lovin' Arms playing clarinet into the bargain. A togged-up Herbie Hudson joined the boys for a couple of numbers - Oh, Lady Be Good! (trombone and harmonica) with FT taking the vocal, and a sprightly Sweet Georgia Brown (HH's harmonica and vocal). Main man 'bone man McBriarty L returned to the stage to see out the set; East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) with Mr Bennett swapping banjo for guitar as McBriarty J played some languid clarinet (one of the day's highlights). Ray Harley, playing top-notch trumpet, lead the Vieux Carré's frontline, just as he did last week. RH's work on Darktown Strutters' Ball  proved to be particularly impressive. Rose Room then the 'outer' as Mr B likes to call it, this week with Mr Broddle returning to send us on our way with a spirited take on Avalon.   
Russell 

1 comment :

Brian Bennett said...

Let’s give credit where credit is due to the audience, bar staff and band members who enabled this OUTDOORS gig to take place on what was a challenging day weather-wise. Well done one and all!

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