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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Pete Gilligan and Friends/Zoe Gilby @ Hoochie Coochie, May 30.

Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Rob Walker (dms). Zoe Gilby (vcl) + Eric Stutt(dms).
(Review by Lance.)
The quartet opened the batting with C Jam Blues and it was immediately apparent that they were on fire for this, the final Thursday night jazz session at Hoochie.. Unfair to single out any one person as they all went for it each one managing to say something just a little different on the old warhorse. Even the fours seemed to have meaning.
Horace Silver features heavily in the Gilligan repertoire and tonight it included Opus de Funk and the delightful Summer in Central Park.
The crowd built up and by the second set the room was near full. One wondered where were these people every week?
The special guest tonight was Zoe Gilby - looking like a million dollars in a black sequined mini dress.
Zoe may have looked like a million dollars but the voice was priceless - maybe the national debt would just about meet the valuation.
Away from her regular band, she delved into her back catalogue choosing many numbers I first heard her sing back in the old days at the Side Café but my how the voice, the stage presence, the confidence has grown since then almost as if they were two different people and she was good back then.
All or Nothing at All, Comes Love, You Turned the Tables on Me (Eric Stutt on drums for this one), How Insensitive, a version of My Secret Love that trumped all other versions, You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To, God Bless the Child and Forget About Living. The latter number is, I think, one of Dave Frischberg's and an absolute hoot. Tonight, after the final line, - "Forget about living, you might as well be dead" - Zoe then went into the opening strains of the Dead March which brought the place down.
Zoe hosted the first Thursday back in August 2011 and it was perhaps appropriate that she should sound the death knell on what has been a rollercoaster ride for almost 2 years. Our girl has gigs in China and Ukraine - on this performance they'll want to keep her!
Jazz hasn't entirely disappeared from the menu - Azymuth are at Hoochie on June 16..
Lance.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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