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

Today Thursday December 13

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

Paul Skerritt - Hadrian’s Tipi, Keel Square, Sunderland SR1 3DZ. 6:00pm. Free.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Mark Toomey, Kevin Eland, Bruce Taylor - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Christmas Party night.

Lambton Big Band - South Causey Inn, Beamish Burn Road, Stanley DH9 0LS. Tel: 01207 235555. 7:30pm (doors 6:00pm). £15.00.

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

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Debra Milne Ensemble @ Hoochie Coochie

Debra Milne (vcl); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Paul Susans (bs); Rob Bates (dms).
Debs has got herself a nice little combo here. Even with (even with!) Paul Susans depping for Mick Danby it is a tight little unit. Debra herself looked stunning in a mini dress - can this slip of a girl really have grown up children? She surely does and, since I first heard her, her stage presence and confidence have grown enormously.
Tonight, in her inimitable style, numbers we heard included; There Will Never Be Another You, No Mo Blues, Close Your Eyes, Killer Joe. A couple of originals by Steve and Debra - Stay and Don't Come Round Here Any More - and Horace Silver's Senor Blues.
It was a good set with some stunning solos by Steve Glendinning and Paul Susans - perhaps the north east's most underrated bass player.
The London Pride was renewed and Happy New Years exchanged all-round before the second set got under way with Tell Me What's Really Going On? A duo number with just vocal and guitar. Bass and drums returned to set the scene for a sassier set that included Four, How Insensitive and Tom Waitts' Temptation. However, the evening's highlight was an original dedicated to the late Keith Crombie - Jazz Café. Appropriately enough it opened up with the descending introduction to Ray Charles' Hit The Road Jack! A good, meaningful lyric by Debra and a strong tune by Steve underpinned by bass and drums.
It had been a good evening and we left to the strains of Get Happy (with an altered lyric)
Kav was on hand to take photos.
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.
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