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Jack Cooke: "...neither Giuffre nor Jim Hall are even adequate jazz musicians, they are technically limited, and more importantly, seem unable to improvise logically" - (Review of a JATP concert. Jazz Monthly May 1960)

Bill Evans: "A composer writes something, and an orchestra interprets it--he spends maybe six months writing 10 minutes of music, but a jazz musician spends 10 minutes of playing 10 minutes of music, and he performs it himself". - (Jazz Monthly July1960).

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Today Wednesday October 18

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
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).

New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

Glowrogues - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 3NJ. 8:00pm. Line-up Sam Healey (alto), Aaron Diaz (trumpet & electronics), Richard Foote (trombone), Ben Watte (keyboards), Dan Brew (guitar), Jamie Brewster (bass) & Jim Molyneux (drums)

Shannon McNally & Friends + Little Mo (Mo Scott) - Live Theatre Studio, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £10.00. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.

Emma Fisk & Paul Edis - Ushaw College. 7:30pm. £7.00. Classical, jazz & tango. (CANCELLED)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, December 30, 2013

T.J. Muller's Honky Tonk Jazz Band @ Hoochie Coochie. December 29.

T.J. Muller (tpt/vcl); Paddy Darley (tmb); Oly Clarkson (clt); Barry Hart (vln); Ben Fitzgerald (gtr); Tom Fletcher (pedal steel); K.D. Harbot (bs); Paul Archibald (dms); Iuthe Muller (vcls).
(Review by Lance/photo from T.J. Muller's archives).
Last Saturday night I was watching the review Café Society Swing in a London theatre. It told the story of the Café Society night club that flourished in New York either side of World War 2. Tonight I was back there, or so it seemed! This was Hoochie's Sunday Night Stomp and it was a delightful and enlightening experience.
You want young guys blowing trad/swing? Look no further than tonight. Some folk despair at young, ultra talented musicians, playing '50s hard bop - what they will make of these equally young, equally talented musicians playing Dixieland beggars belief! However, Beethoven still seems to be hanging on in there in the classical world so why shouldn't Bix and Bird continue to provide fodder in the jazz world?
This was a happy session - Good Time Jazz played with enthusiasm and no lack of technique. The dancers had taken over the floor before the band started - jiving, jitterbugging, lindyhopping, bopping and rocking to vintage sounds from the '20s to the '50s.
It was educational watching the dancers react to the music - listening and interpreting - becoming a part of it.
Never thought I'd see young persons dancing to the Dipsy Doodle in 2013!
Trumpetman Muller leads by example blowing a powerful lead and soloing with panache as well as throwing in a few vocals although most of the words were provided by the trumpet player's sister Iuthe. She looks and sounds not unlike the legendary, late, Sheila Giles. The rest are in there pitching with Djangolic touches from guitar and violin, booting tenor sax, mellow trombone, effective pedal steel, bass and a drum kit that looked as if it might have begun life in the Confederate Army whilst marching through Georgia. Paul Archibald applied his technique to it with much skill and he couldn't have sounded better on the latest Gretsch kit!
Amazingly, this was their first public performance as the Honky Tonk Jazz Band although they have also played as The Dixie Six and the Gramophone Jass Band as well as an association with Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra so not entirely unfamiliar with each other!
A fitting end to the year.
Lance.

3 comments :

  1. The Hoochie came up trumps again ...having first got hooked On Rob Heron & TP Orch there, & loving the monthly Sunday stomps, we could not resist this nite ...Muller & the guys did a great set, espec the lively end numbers ....its such a treat to see the place jumping & all those fab dancers enjoying the music...keep up the good work Hoochie !

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  2. We sure had a ball; it won't be the last they see of us, that's for sure!!

    Oly Clarkson of the After Hours Quintet

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  3. Wandered into Hoochie expecting our usual lashings of soul and funk last sunday night. After the initial shock of hearing a trad jazz band on stage I have got to admit we enjoyed the music and the energy of the dozens of young people on the dance floor..Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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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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