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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone - April 29

(Photo by Russell)
Ray Harley (trumpet); Jim McBriarty (alto sax, soprano sax, vocals); Lawrence McBriarty (trombone); Brian Bennett (banjo); Paul Grainger (double bass); Fred Thompson (drums, vocals) 

It seems like it was last year that we last heard the Vieux Carre Jazzmen. Come to think of it, it was last year! The pandemic decimated the local gig scene and it's only now that we're starting the long road back to gigs, gigs and more gigs. Who would be in the VCJ? Who would be in the audience? In the grip of an Arctic blast, would some cry off? Since we were last in the Holystone's pub beer garden they've been doing a spot of DIY. A plastic corrugated roof above table and chairs leaked buckets, consequently said tables and chairs were sopping wet. That didn't deter the hardy faithful, given the weather you could call 'em troopers. The VCJ opened up with Way Down Yonder in New Orleans...if only!

The VCJ turned up, one change in the line-up, Paul Grainger in for bassist Bill Colledge, otherwise it was the regular faces. As ever, Mr Brian Bennett led Tyneside's long-established Dixieland band. Jim McBriarty and Fred Thompson handled the vocal numbers, McBriarty J, reeds, and brother Lawrence, trombone, soloed either side, literally and metaphorically, of an inform Ray Harley. After a long lay-off trumpeter Harley blew strong lead, nailing his solos time after time. 

Fred Thompson sang Buddy Bolden's Blues, McBriarty J, Linger Awhile and more, including the set closing The Alcoholic Blues...hic! It had been a cold, no, make that a freezing afternoon, but, it had been worthwhile making the effort. Live jazz is back!        
Russell

Set list: Way Down Yonder in New OrleansWashington and Lee SwingLinger AwhileBye, Bye BluesBuddy Bolden's BluesMama's Gone, GoodbyeChinatown, My ChinatownBogalusa StrutI Believe in MiraclesYou're the One I Care ForI Wish't Was in PeoriaThe Alcoholic Blues.

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