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Bebop Spoken There

Gregg Field: "If I play an aggressive fill, he [Sinatra] might look back with a huge grin on his face. But if we don't do something right, we get the ray, and his ray makes Benny Goodman's ray look like Mother Theresa's ''- (Down Beat June 1995).

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Clifford Brown: "Club owners hire stars, but try to save money by putting in a local rhythm section. If these new men are weak musically, they hurt the star's reputation too." - (Down Beat May4, 1955).

Archives.

Today Thursday September 29

Afternoon.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone Bar and Restaurant,Whitley Rd. , Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0DA.1:00pm. Free.
Tees Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, Market Place, Bishop Auckland. 12:30pm. Free.
Evening.
See Nine - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8:30pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. Guests - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
Descarga! - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
The Big Chris Barber Band - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 7:30pm. £21 (£20 conc.)
Pocket Jazz Orchestra w. Jud Downes (tpt) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8:30pm. Free.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, 7:00pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Jammin' @ The Hoochie

Pete Gilligan (pno) Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Susans (bs); Dan Reed (dms) + Richard Burns (tpt); John Pope (bs); Lindsay Hannon, Claire Kelly (vcls); Paul Gowland (ten) and A.N. Others.
(Review by Lance).
Pete's Quartet got the show on the road with some good old bop standards including Bud's Bubble - the intricate unison lines between Pete and Mark, reminiscent of Bird and Diz, are something to behold
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Lindsay, in a red ensemble sang the blues. This was Ms. Hannon (who is here next week with her own band - Lindsay Hannon Plus) in powerhouse mode giving the old blues lines a contemporary feel - the wow factor was high.
John Pope occupied the bass chair and a guitarist whose name I missed also had a blast. On trumpet, a new name to me - Richard Burns, late of Melbourne. Stylistically from the minimalist school of Miles and Chet he impressed on There Will Never Be Another You finishing off with the now legendary Country Gardens quote.
More blues from Claire followed by her, now finely honed, version of Guilty. First chorus seemed to be marginally too low for comfort but by the final chorus it was well and truly nailed - nice one Claire.
Paul Gowland unpacked his tenor to join Claire for Beautiful Love and sent the wowmeter almost into uncharted levels.
This altitudinal mode was maintained when the two horns Leaped In a la Lester - Dan Reed too had his say on this one.
I could have stayed all night but the number 27 beckoned.
Great session.
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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