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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Corner House, Heaton - "What's the Big Idea?" - Read on...

...it's a beat-up Continental headin' for the Motor City, a 64 wheel rig out on Highway 61. A Greyhound bus, maybe somewhere in the Ozarks, it's a souped-up black, Pontiac Sedan.
Just a few of the images conjured up by the musical juggernaut that is Gerry Richardson's Big Idea. Nine pieces of funky soul that manage to sound like twenty-nine and counting.
Gerry leads from the front on a Hammond B3 (is it?) out-smokin' just about every organist around - he makes Brother Jack McDuff sound like Jack McDuff's brother. He throws in a few Mose Allisonic vocals - Tom Waits with class.
The pot is kept on the boil by Rod Sinclair's guitar blasts and the relentless drive of Paul Smith on drums - his solo in the final number was something else.
The horns all hit the right groove. Sue Ferris on bari, tenor and flute, Stuart Johnson, tenor/soprano, Gary Linsley, alto, Mark Webb & Dave Highnote (Hignett) trumpets and Keith Norris trombone.
Although it is unfair to signal anyone out, I do think Sue's flute playing deserves a special mention for the tonal contrast it brings to the section and because she's prettier than the rest.
Great night. Photos.
Enjoyed meeting up with some old friends in the form of the portly Andy Hudson and the ever elegant Germaine Stanger.
Lance.

1 comment :

russell said...

Hi Lance

I couldn't agree more about Sue's flute playing.She can find her way around the baritone,too.

Stuart Johnson continues to impress taking a scorching soprano solo and later on he added a similar contribution on tenor.

Agreed,a great night.

Russell

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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.
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