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Kathyrn Williams: “I got into Miles Davis when I was a teenager. But I’m nowhere near as knowledgeable as Anthony [Kerr]: he is an encyclopedia of jazz, with a real in-depth, academic knowledge. I’m just a fan.” – (Jazz Journal December 2017).

Christian McBride: "He [Horace Silver] was the whole package" – (Downbeat September 2014).

Today Thursday January 18

Afternoon

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

Evening

‘The Death Beat - 1920s’ US immigration policy’ - City Library, New Bridge St, Newcastle NE1 8AX. 6:00pm. Free. Novelist Fiona Veitch Smith talks about her research into the period and its resonance with today’s political landscape. The Death Beat is Veitch Smith’s third novel in her series Poppy Denby Investigates.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:00pm. Free but ticketed.

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

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (trumpet); Jeremy McMurray (keys); Danny Allan (sax). - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Monday, July 22, 2013

Heritage Blues Orchestra @ Summertyne Americana July 21

Bill Sims Jr. (vcl/gtr/pno); Chaney Sims (vcl); Junior Mack (vcl/gtr); Vincent Bucher (hca); Kenny ‘Beedy Eyes’ Smith (dms); Bruno Wilhelm (ten/arr); Didier Havet (tmb/tub); Michel Feugère, Jean Gobinet (tpts).
(Review by Lance)
“The grit of low-down country and urban blues with the bold brass of New Orleans; the hand-clapping fervor of gospel punctuated with fiery postmodern, jazz-infused horn arrangements; the haunting cries of work songs and pulsating drums that reach back to the real roots of it all. You’ll journey across the Middle Passage, be driven down Highway 49 from Clarksdale to New Orleans, go from chain gangs and juke joints to orchestra pits, church pews and even back porches. HBO’s music is an inspiring testament to the enduring power, possibilities and boundless beauty of African-American music.”
The above is taken from the band’s website and lays out perfectly the down home feel of tonight’s big one.
Some amazing blues playing and singing and all-round professionalism exuded from each and everyone on stage. The audience too interacted – when I saw Hannabiell and Yilis sitting in the row behind I knew this was going to be good – they know the score.
Chaney Sims can sing – boy can she sing be it soul, jazz, blues, gospel or rock ‘n’ roll she can do it. And so can her pappy Bill Sims Jr.. Big daddy plays a mean guitar and sings the blues – plays piano too. Junior Mack’s the other guitar and he too knows his way around fretboards and vocal chords.
You want harp playing? You got it with Vincent Bucher – I hope some of our local harpists were present – this was a masterclass.
And a horn section to die for. Trombone, smooth sounding; tenor sax gutsy, earthy; the two trumpets! They had a duo blast that lifted the roof – one of the many highlights. Another was Chaney singing St James’ Infirmary with only piano backing. Emotive...
On drums, ‘Beedy Eyes’ Smith drove things along culminating in a fantastic drum solo – effective and yet not flamboyant.
A superb ending to a great weekend.
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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