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Bebop Spoken There

Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Sunday June 24

Afternoon

CANCELLED!

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free. Note: Cancelled re World Cup screening.

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More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazztones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 6:45pm. Free.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Court Inn, Court Lane, Durham DH1 3AW. 8pm. Free.

George Benson - Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 7:30pm.SOLD OUT!

Big Muddy - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student)

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

Monday, September 23, 2013

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Hoochie Coochie Sunday Sept. 22

Michael Lamb (leader/tpt); Pete Tanton. Gordon Marshall, Tom Hill (tpts); Mark Ferris, Don Fairley, Mr John Flood, Robert Perry (tmbs); Steve Summers, Nadiah Killick (alt); Paul Gowland, Jamie Toms (ten); Sue Ferris (ten/bar). Marc Jolliffe (pno); Pavel Jedrzejewski (gtr); Michael Whent (bs); Guy Swinton (dms); Lindsay Hannon, James Hedley (vcls).
(Review by Lance).
Hoochie Coochie had a good crowd in for SSBB's monthly afternoon workout and it has to be said that this band seems to take giant steps forward with each hearing. A few personnel changes today.  Don Fairley has replaced Alex Leathard in the trombone section and Marc Jolliffe has taken over from Chris Finch at the keyboard. Sue Ferris occupied the baritone chair although this might be only a dep job. All acquitted themselves well.
The program consisted of the tried and tested along with the first time in public pieces. All were admirably performed and drew a vociferous response from the audience with the devotees at the front and the more casual listeners at the back.
Too many highlights to list. All the saxes soloed with punch and panache and blended well as a section. The brass were in the clouds with Leader Lamb and Pete Tanton handling the solo slots. Newcomer Fairley, a big band veteran from way back, soloed as if he'd been sitting in the section from day one and the whole section shone on It's Alright With Me. Pav on guitar, Jolliffe, Whent and Swinton are as sound a rhythm section as you'll find on a long day's stomp. Swinton also acted as MC which duty he performed as effectively as he soloed on Skindeep!
The vocalists were used sparingly with Flash! Bang! Alakazam! Lindsay hitting us with Orange Coloured Sky, Straighten Up and Fly Right and Alright, Okay, You Win whilst young blue eyes James Hedley scored with Our Love is Here to Stay, Let's Get Away From it All and The Way You Look Tonight.
It was a lovely way to spend a late afternoon early evening. The band can also be heard at The Millstone, South Gosforth on the last Thursday in the month starting 7pm. Next one Sept. 26. Next at HC is on Oct. 20. 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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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.)
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