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Bebop Spoken There

Charenee Wade: “…I was maybe 10 or 11, I was listening to 50 year old Sarah Vaughn and trying to sound like her.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis: “Wearing jeans, sweat shirts and sneakers is okay for a bowling alley but is unacceptable on stage or in a club; such an appearance detracts from his talent. Really, what's missing from today's jazzmen is dignity.” – (Crescendo December 1975).


Today Thursday October 8

Vieux Carré Jazzmen -
The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE.8.30pm. Free.
The Pilgrim St. Set - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle, NE1 6SF. Free. 8pm.
Tees Hot Club w. Ray Dales + Brian Dales & Mark Toomey. - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. Free. 7:30pm.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Collective @ Hoochie.

Arthur Higgins (ten); Tim Bloomer (gtr); Dominic Snaith (pno); Katie Trigger (bs); Robbie Houston (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The Collective is collecting fans judging by the decent sized audience. Deservedly so. The formula of house band and soloist works fairly well.

Tonight's guest, Arthur Higgins, blew some great tenor. A smart looking dude in a light grey suit he not only looked the part but walked the walk. I don't know why but just about every great tenor player I've ever seen and heard has worn a smart suit whether it be Zoot Sims or, more recently, Simon Spillett.
Presentation counts.
Arthur dug in and hit the right groove early on, building up through Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Watermelon Man and the final blues where he let loose on his best solo of the night. This young man deserves to go far.
That was the second set that was. The first set saw The Collective grind through some jazz/ROCK blues.
Tim, we all know by now is a fine guitarist - he's got the guitar hero licks off to a T and, not only that, he's got the facial expressions too!
On bass, Katie seems to grow in confidence and ability with each session - a cucumber cool chick.
On keys, Dominic lays it down in both ensemble and solo whilst Robbie is a percussion powerhouse.

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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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