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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Thursday April 26

Afternoon

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

Tees Valley Jazzmen - No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL12 7NJ. Tel: 01388 665533. 12:30pm. Free admission.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddrick’s Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 0191 2853229. 7pm.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Bearpark Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 student/MU.).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (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.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea @ Hoochie Coochie - October 22










Gerry (Crumax Keyboard/vocal); STING (guest vocalist); Garry Linsley (alto); Stuart Johnson(tenor); Sue Ferris.(Baritone/flute); Mark Webb (trumpet); Dave  Hignett,(trumpet); David Gray.(trombone); Rod Sinclair(guitar) Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by John T.) 
It’s been a while since I’d seen Gerry Richardson’s Big Idea so the Sunday afternoon gig at Hoochie drew my attention. Can’t believe that it was only their second performance at the venue. Considering it was a free gig there wasn’t exactly a full house for the 5pm kick off. It did fill up later on though as a special surprise artist was to perform in the second half. 
The first set started with Stone Church and Blues for Red followed by Ska Odyssey. Big Jazz Club in the Sky was next - a vocal for Gerry. African Sunset, Right On, The Turnaround Shuffle came next. The set finished with my favourite vocal from Gerry, Lady Day and John Coltrane.

The second set began with a guest vocalist on the first number only. Non other than STING doing a Bill Withers number Aint No Sunshine. (see attached video) Then followed The Sticks, Song of the Ferris, Ain’t No Stopping us Now and Another Dark One The set finished with I Think I’ll Lay Waste to Myself Tonight, All About McGriff, Autumn in Barrio, Take the Tee Train and Night Train.
Everyone is talking about Sting’s visit to the Northeast. My friends inform me that he was at the match on Saturday. Well, they should have been at the Hoochie on Sunday. This was a gig I will never forget. I seem to think the last time I heard him play live was at the gig where Gordon Solomon christened him STING, some four decades or more ago.
I know musicians always play to their best when they have a special guest but this was something else. It was a phenomenal event and every number was honed to perfection. For my money the man of the match was young David Grey on trombone, a great young talent.
Thanks to Warren once again for putting on this free gig. Even he did not know that STING was going to perform. A complete surprise!
John T.

1 comment :

David Matthew Gray (on F/b). said...

Brilliant gig, and thanks for the shout-out John!

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