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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 Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Hoochie Coochie Man

On Thursday evening we enjoyed the Mark Toomey Quartet at the newly opened “Hoochie Coochie” in Newcastle. I have not had time to do a review (we have builders in and all is chaos!) but would like to comment briefly on the venue itself…..….which is excellent! The proprietor has clearly put a great deal of thought (and money) into the creation of a centrally-located bar which is ideally set up for live music while at the same time being comfortable, chic and stylish.

It has the potential, I believe, to bring jazz to a wider audience than is found at many of the gigs we attend. At 8.00 p.m. there were plenty of people in and, although groups of drinkers came and went, there was always a good crowd.

Most of the people there were probably NOT there for the jazz – they were just making one stop as they toured the city-centre bars. The applause at the end of each number was evidence that they liked what they heard. One couple who came near the end (definitely not for the jazz) were deep in conversation and gazing into each other’s eyes when a particularly good solo stopped them in their tracks and they turned to watch in rapt attention! A venue which gets people in and then gets them to engage with jazz (however briefly) can only be a good thing, surely?

Jerry.

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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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