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'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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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

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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