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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.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Dom and the Ikos @ Hoochie Coochie - Oct. 30

Dom Pipkin (pno/vcl); Tony Ricco (ten); Jay Darwish (bs gtr); Pat Davey (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Warren does it again and, even though he takes a few hits, he brings to his venue the music he loves.
An unsubsidised guy who, like many other local promoters, puts his money where his mouth is.
Dom and the Ikos were superb. An example of how foolish genre guide lines are! This was jazz, it was rock 'n' roll, rhythm 'n' blues, it was a compilation of the lot - the works! And this band works!
Think Bill Haley, Louis Jordan, New Orleans. Not the N'awlins of King Oliver but the Big Easy of today. I wished that Steve Horowitz had been present to compare Dom and the Ikos with the bands he'd heard on his recent Louisiana Hayride. I reckon these guys would have held their own.
Dom plays the kind of piano Jools can only dream about whilst Ricco is a booting, rocking, swinging, grooving, tenor man for all seasons. I think bass guitar and drums may have been tour deps, if so, they've done their homework well.
They kicked off with Iko, Iko (natch) then Let the Good Times Roll and roll they did! After Professor Longhair's In the Dark and an original, Dom played a piano solo - a touch of Chopin and some JSB Bookerended Pixie. Stride, ragtime, barrelhouse, all rock and rolled into one.
I stopped taking notes round about this point - why write it down? I wasn't going to forget this night! The couples were now dancing - shaking, gyrating and, like the guys on stage, having a ball.
Happy Birthday requests can often dull the proceedings. but not when Dom delivers them.
One extended set sans intermission enabled me to catch the number 27 Greyhound which was good as I turn into a pumpkin after midnight and this is a bad time of year to be a pumpkin.
Photos.
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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