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Billy Eckstine: "I'm a negro performer with a Jewish name." [after being asked what his golf handicap was] - (Mr B by Cary Ginell. Hal Leonard Books 2013 January 2019).

Today Wednesday December 12

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Jess Johnson - Park Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4ER. Tel: 0191 295 6666. 12 noon. £65.00. & £29.95. Xmas lunch.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Folk and Acoustic - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Mark Williams, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Dean James & The Black Dogs - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Big Mellis Mini Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. From 7:00pm. Future Grooves (Music degree students). Multi bill, Sage Two. £5.00.

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

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Stuart Davies and New Standard @ Hoochie

Stuart Davies (gtr/vcl); John Waugh (ten); Paul Edis (pno/alt); Liam Fender (keys); Ian Patterson (bs. gtr.); Dave Lourie (dms).
(Review by Lance )
This was an experience! Davies, former bass guitarist with Extreme Measures, has added a couple of extra strings and some words to his CV the result being The New Standard.  Quite a band.
To say tonight's gig began franticly would be like describing WWII as 'a game of soldiers'. This was Jazz/Funk taken to the limit by guys who maybe aren't really jazz funkers at heart - or maybe they are. Whatever, the Herbie Hancock opener - Hang-up your Hang ups set the bench mark. 
First to impress was Waugh on tenor. He was in a Curtis groove - Curtis Amy, King Curtis but maybe not Curtis Stigers! As the evening progressed he set out his stall. Waugh is back at Hoochie tomorrow night with Extra Curricular. Surely worth the mere fiver to get in?
Davies had blasted a repetitive riff to get the thing going but, on Blues Hound he chanted and any Blues Buddy wanting to know the secret could do little better than by starting here.
The set went on in predictable vein - and I don't mean that to sound in anyway derogatory - these guys know what they're doing and, despite being their first gig as a unit, they kicked the shit out of what could have been boring and repetitive.
The jazz, the funk, the rock and soul were great but, at the end of the day the blues, After Hours, got the cigar.
Fender cajoled the keys as if he were playing a Rhodes, a Strat or a Tele - he's got the name for it. This was organ blues to curl your toes. Enter Waugh. his soulful tenor aimed at your heart. He played on your emotions before handing over to Edis for some classic blues piano.
This wasn't 9:30pm on Pilgrim St - it was 3:am in Harlem!
Maybe I've missed a few things out like the tenor drum exchanges on the encore, The Harry Connick Jnr., number - Harry is a big favourite in the city these days - I hope you sent Keith some flowers Hal!
Patters' bass, Louries' drums and the two keyboard players, all part of this wonderful mix. Let's hope they find more gigs because they come close to contradicting Miles Kingston's claim that Jazz/Funk bands are usually more funk than jazz.
Stuart has narrowed the gap.
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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