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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 22: Olly Styles (saxophone): Stage 2 recital @ The Music Sudios, Newcastle University. 10:00am. Free, all welcome.
Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Baghdaddies @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 4:30pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - May 25

Brian Bennett (banjo); John Faragher (clarinet/vocals); David Gray (trombone/vocals); Lawrence McBriarty (trombone/vocals); Dave Eckhard (bass guitar) + Neville Sarony, John Broddle, Fred Thompson (vocals)

The Vieux Carré Jazzmen stomped off their regular Wednesday spot at the Crescent Club with George Lewis' Move the Body Over Here. Lewis disciple Faragher took the vocal on this one setting a pattern for what was to follow - vocals, vocals, vocals!

Lawrence McBriarty stepped up to the plate and sang Dallas Blues. He reminded me of Eric Burdon before Eric became an Animal.

Young Gray began the set on tenor trombone but, for this one, he switched to the Bb/F and remained with the bigger horn until the death which was when the band's former drummer/vocalist Fred Thompson sang Indiana.

This brought back memories of when Peter Gascoigne ("Gassy") who led an earlier version of the band would dedicate the tune to Prince Charles and introduce it as In Diana. It's a wonder he (Gassy) didn't end up in the Tower!

I digress. In between, Gray sang a number originally made famous by The Chordettes - Mr Sandman. The well-intentioned attempt to replicate the legendary intro was more dischordettes! The Puppini Sisters did a superb cover that was most surely more rehearsed!

Now came the long awaited headline act. Neville Sarony has built up a following during the course of several visits to Cullercoats in the company of Colin A - our man somewhere east of Suez - always delivering some hot vocals.

This time his remit was two-fold - to jam with the band and to promote his latest novel - The Chakrata Incident. Jamming, he sang  I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say (complete with his own lyrics), Deed I Do and Ain't Misbehavin'. Bookwise, he made his pitch during the interval which wasn't the best of timing as raffle tickets were being sold, drinks ordered and the general chit chat that invariably takes place during the interval meant he didn't grab everyone's full attention although, it has to be said, the novel seems to be an acute appraisal of the current situation in that part of the world and sounds well worth reading. I wonder, does any of the action take place in Ned Kelly's Last Stand?

John Broddle sang Up a Lazy River; David Gray sang Alcoholic Blues; and Fred Thompson did All of Me. Dave Eckhard didn't sing but he played solid bass guitar and it was also his birthday. This mightn't have been his best ever birthday but I'm sure it was somewhere on the list - Lance


Brian said...

Great to meet up once again with our good friends from Hong Kong, Neville and Angel Sarony. Neville’s last appearance with the VCJ was for Jeannie Aitchison’s 50 birthday celebration in 2018. Memories came flooding back of so many great gigs that we’ve done in the past including the fabulous ‘Jazz ‘n’ Ale Trains’. He’s still got the ‘old magic’.

Unknown said...

Neville Sarony: Lovely to meet up with Brian and the Vieux Carre Jazzmen, even though my voice barely held out! As always, Lance Liddle’s summaries are informative and make easy reading, especially when he says nice things about me. The introduction of a young ‘bone player, vocalist, David Gray, gives great hope for the future of jazz in the North East. The welcome here is the warmest in any part of the UK.

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