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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Nick Pride & The Pimptones @ Hoochie Coochie

Nick Pride (gtr/vcl); Ian Paterson (bs); Oscar Cassidy(dms); Keith Nicholson (tpt); John Wheeler (ten); Susan Hamilton (vcl).
Horses For Courses was the expression that sprang to mind as The Pimptones sent the crowded Hoochie Coochie into orbit with their brand of jazz/funk/soul/blues - with even a splash of hip hop. The cool dudes in their slick grey suits looked and sounded perfectly in tune with their young(ish) audience and band and venue was truly a match made in heaven  (or thereabouts).
On tenor, John Wheeler (depping for or replacing David Wilde?) had no problem getting to grips with the music if not the choreography - he blew some blistering solos. Likewise Keith Nicholson - I'd like to hear him on a pure jazz gig sometime. Leader Nick played some earthy blues and sang some too. Ian Paterson provided the fuel in the cellar whilst Oz Cassidy, who I thought was Adam Sinclair until I saw Adam Sinclair standing next to me at the bar!, drove things along ensuring nobody slept.
The icing on the cake was Susan Hamilton who belted it out like Tina Turner - impressed.
As an encore the boys jammed to a couple of voiceover tracks that kept the adrenalin (and the London Pride) flowing.
Come back soon.
Lance.
PS: The band's current CD - Midnight Feast of Jazz will be reviewed here soon.

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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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