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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'"

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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

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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