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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Thursday February 22

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Alan Benzie Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00. & £8.00 (advance).

BABMUS - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. students/MU).

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Tel: 0191 285 3229. 7:00pm. Free

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 9:00pm.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pierce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Millstone, South Gosforth. October 25

Brian Bennett (banjo & vocals), Fred Rowe (trumpet & vocals), Barry Soulsby (clarinet & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Brian Sibbald (double bass) & Fred Thompson (drums & vocals) - (Review by Russell).
At the conclusion of John Law’s lunchtime performance at Newcastle University the lure of some Crescent City jazz proved too much. A short bus ride from Barras Bridge is the city of New Orleans…well, the Millstone pub in South Gosforth. The Vieux Carré’s Thursday residency has gone from night time to day time and best of all the session is now in the downstairs lounge. A pint of Mordue’s Five Bridges (‘a bit lively, this one’ said the barman), a place at the bar, it would be good to say the joint was jumpin’. In truth it could have done with a few more in.
I Double Dare You, On the Sunny Side of the Street, Willie the Weeper (dedicated to Lance – Lance Armstrong that is) and Twelfth Street Rag were the tunes rattled off in the closing half hour your reviewer managed to catch. Good trumpet from Fred Rowe, Lawrence McBriarty (trombone) knocked out a couple of good solos (as always), Barry Soulsby’s clarinet solos flowed like amber nectar, Fred Thompson sang (a compliment!) and played the drums and bassist Brian Sibbald did his stuff with the minimum of fuss. Band leader Brian Bennett closed another Vieux Carré session with Goin’ Home. Give the gig a try – every Thursday from 1.00 pm. The Millstone is near to South Gosforth Metro station and  buses (no.55 or X6) from Haymarket drop you off at the door (if not Harlem). Good beer and good jazz – what more could you ask for?
Russell
PS: Tonight at The Millstone The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band begin the first of their “Last Thursday” in the month sessions having moved from The Punchbowl.
    

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