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Toots Thielemans: "The basic thing is that I play the harmonica as an instrument, not a toy." (DownBeat September 23, 1953).

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Today Thursday January 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Tees Hot Club w. Noel Dennis (tpt); Dave Stansfield (ten sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

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

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

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mississippi Swamp Dogs @ Spice of Life

Jeff Williams (tmb/vcl); Titch Walker (tpt);Simon Picton (gtr/vcl); Manuel Alvarez (bs gtr); Jono Lee (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Outside tney were frying eggs on the pavement, in the basement bar of the Spice - that most ambient of London jazz venues - the Swamp Dogs were cooking Creole Gumbo Chicken a la Jaco.
This is modern day New Orleans although without clarinet. Mercifully, also sans banjo.
From the opening I'm Going Back to New Orleans we knew we were in for a treat. Williams blows a robust, almost ribald trombone that shouts its message at you. Subtlety doesn't live here - it would be as out of place as a nun in a bordello. Pianist Miller took the vocal. Bourbon St. Parade was done as a rhumba and St James' Infirmary as a samba. No slaves to tradition are these guys, finishing off the latter number with the intro to Night in Tunisia!
Walker blistered on trumpet; fat toned wailing choruses that were hotter than the street temperature. Alvarez barbecued the aforementioned Chicken and Miller rocked the 88 on Route 66. Guitarist Picton played and sang as if he'd been born on the corner of Fourth and Vine although in fact he's frae Dundee.
Blue Moon was played over an infectious Ska/Reggae rhythm laid down by Jono Lee. There was more, much more. Williams' vocals, as boisterous as his tromboning, the two horns locked together in glorious harmony, a rhythm section as loose as it was tight when it had to be tight.
Once again The Spice came up trumps - next time you're in town check it out - you won't be disappointed.
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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