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Joey Calderazzo: "Playing the standard repertoire is a pretty good barometer of where one is as a jazz musician" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Tuesday December 18

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. & £8.00. ‘The Gala Big Band Does Christmas’. SOLD OUT!

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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Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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