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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 Friday February 23

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Dock in Absolute - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00 concessions).

James Taylor Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. £16.00. Doors 7pm.

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Crooners - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham, Stockton on Tees TS23 2LJ. Tel: 01642 552663. 7:30pm. £20.00. Touring comedy Rat Pack production with Chris Hibbard’s nine piece Mini Big Band.

King Bees - Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

Shamans Jazz Quartet + Collective Folamour - The Hearth, Main Road, Horsley NE15 0NT. Tel: 01661 853563. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Brother Strut @ Hoochie Coochie. Dec. 12

Stevie Jones (ten/keys); Sam Tanner (vcl/keys); Otha Smith (gtr); Steve Pearce (bs); Frankie Tontoh (dms); Mary Okeiyi (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Brother! is this band well named? Take it from me, the Brothers Strut are well named! On stage they strutted and swayed and a sold-out Hoochie audience swayed and strutted along with them. The groove is infectious, the excitement enough to cause a coronary, the funk is the most soulful, the soul is the funkiest whilst the actual music is merely magnificent!
Stevie Jones (pictured), whom I first encountered blowing blistering tenor with Elkie Brooks earlier this year, introduced me to Brother Strut via the band's CD and from first listening I knew I had to catch them live.
Well I did and I wasn't let down.
Not only does Jones make the cut on tenor but he can handle the keyboard effectively and complemented Tanner's B3-like sounds that came from the Roland. When it came to strutting, the Fedora topped Tanner moved like a young Mick Jagger, sung with the same passionate intensity, and there were moments when The Stones weren't too far away!
On guitar, Smith brought the authenticity of his home town, Chicago, to Newcastle with some blues drenched solos. He even managed a Duck Walk à la Chuck!
Steve Pearce steadied the ship which rocked and rolled in a musical gale force 9 and on drums - whew! Frankie Tontoh is your man.
Oh yes and Mary Okeiyi is no ordinary warbler but a slender soul mama - let's call her Sister Strut - who can do solo and backing vocals as good as the best of them. Hallelujah Sister.
This was the last gig of the tour and if you missed any of them - tough!
Check out their website.
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.
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Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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