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14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Market Place, Darlington. 11:00am - 3:00pm. All star line-up!
Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City - September 6

Jim McBriarty (clarinet, soprano sax, vocals); Brian Bennett (banjo); Paul Grainger (double bass); Fred Thompson (drums, vocals) 

The Vieux Carre Hot 4 returned to Spanish City almost exactly six months to the day before lockdown brought about an abrupt halt to live performance. A becalmed North Sea encouraged locals and visitors alike to promenade along the front, stopping off at one of numerous ice cream parlours or calling in at Spanish City to sit with a coffee or something a little stronger to listen to Brian Bennett's outfit.

I Can't Give You Anything but LoveWalking My Baby Back HomeWhen You're Smiling, a typically sound start to the Hot 4's Sunday afternoon residency. Vocal duties, as always, were shared between Jim McBriarty and Fred Thompson with Messrs Bennett (banjo) and Grainger (string bass) at the tiller. 

Creole Jazz proved to be a highlight of the first set in Valerie's Tearoom which concluded with Fred Thompson taking the vocal on Tin Roof Blues.   
   
From coffees, teas and cake to a second set in Trencher's Restaurant with groaning plates of fish and chips under the impressive dome high above. My Honey's Lovin' Arms from 1922 featured McBriarty's vocal, drummer Thompson sang New Orleans and from the early days of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, Linger Awhile (McBriarty vocals). Covid-19 guidelines determined the band couldn't play on the ground floor, instead the four piece - including depping bassist Paul Grainger - took to the first floor balcony overlooking the many diners below tucking into their cod and chips. 

Clarence Williams, Kid Ory and others from the 20s formed the basis of the third and final set up in the Champagne Bar. Dreaming the Hours Away1919 RagMemories of You (McBriarty's excellent clarinet), My Gal Sal (Thompson singing) were but four numbers to accompany a pint of Spanish City (Whitley Bay Brewing Co.). As the day brightened - blue skies! - the Vieux Carre Hot 4 concluded today's three-setter with Mary Wore a Golden Chain (McBriarty in spiritual mode) and Ace in the Hole (Thompson, vocals).  
Russell

1 comment :

Tony Rose (on F/b) said...

Why hasn't PG got a boater?

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