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16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...

June

Thu 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 20 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £4.00. Note new venue!
Thu 20: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £29.00., £23.00. Folk/jazz duo.
Thu 20: Richard Herdman & Ray Burns @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Dave Harrison (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - August 25

Mick Hill (trumpet, vocal); John Faragher (clarinet); Jim McBriarty (tenor sax, vocals); Brian Bennett (banjo); Jude Murphy (bass, vocal); Tommy Graham (drums) + John Broddle (vocals).

This afternoon's  return to the Crescent Club by the Vieux Carré Jazzmen was also designated as a tribute to Mac Rae who left us a couple of weeks back, almost to the day.

The revamped Vieux Carré built their programme around numbers loosely associated with the late multi-instrumentalist who probably played or sang just about every known jazz standard  during the course of his lifetime.

Trombonist McBriarty, L wasn't available so McBriarty, J forsook his clarinet for tenor sax and John Faragher - all the way from Berwick-upon-Tweed - took over the clarinet chores. Fred Thompson was also indisposed so Tommy Graham occupied the drum stool, Jude Murphy replaced Paul Grainger on bass, Mick Hill blew long model cornet and leader Bennett banjoed the band into a cohesive unit. All performed well.

A goodly crowd of a certain age gathered to see the band head Over the Waves, a tune not unlike the Mario Lanza hit from the 1950s - The Loveliest Night of the Year. As there weren't any Italian tenors in the house the number was performed sans words.

The Isle of Capri à la Ken Colyer followed - no words on this one either although no doubt there were those in the audience who knew an alternative lyric that could have had the place shut down!

Jim McBriarty sang It's a Sin to Tell a Lie and the band kicked in with The Faraway Blues. It may have been a pick-up band but everyone was slotting in nicely.

(Photo by P.Durham)
John Broddle was invited to sing and he entertained us with When You Wore a Tulip and Up a Lazy River. Later he would sing Roses of Picardy, If I Had You and Should I?

Jim also kept the vocal mic warm with If I Had my Life to Live Over and Mick Hill sang on Jelly Roll Morton's Doctor Jazz.

Interval time meant a pint of Doom Bar and a chip butty that would feed half the population of nearby North Shields for a month - it took me all of 15 minutes.

Give me Your Telephone Number, I felt cried out for a vocal - maybe next time.

There were, however, more vocals from Jim: I Get the Blues When it Rains and Carry me Back to Old Virginny.

Finally, a long awaited vocal from Jude. Jude had been a stalwart in the rhythm section but it wasn't until she sang Georgia on my Mind that the audience realised what a star they had in their midst.

If you like your jazz on the traditional side then this is the place to be except on this coming Saturday afternoon (August 28) when a trimmed down version of the band play two sets (2:00pm & 3:00pm) in Jarrow's West Park. In fact, if you're crossing the river via the Tyne Pedestrian Tunnel you can catch Arthur Scargill preaching to the converted on a space nearby at 11:00am, have a pint in the Albion Gin and Ale House and hear some Irish folk music before weaving your way up to the park. Alternatively, you could get the Metro up to Newcastle and watch The Toon play The Saints (Southampton). The West Park looks the better bet. They may also play The Saints - and win! Lance

1 comment :

Brian Bennett said...

Great seeing you at yesterday’s gig, Lance!
Worth noting that the Cullercoats CHIP BUTTY is a marginally healthier option to the Middlesbrough PARMO but is bottom of the 'healthy-heart' league when accompanied by a few pints of Doombar! See you at WEST PARK, JARROW on Saturday afternoon - remember to bring some healthy refreshments with you.

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