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Claire Martin: "People think that it's the Americans that swing the hardest - I think us Europeans give them a fair run for their money." (Jazzwise March 2019).

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Today Saturday February 23

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Evening

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Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 7:30pm. £15.00.

New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. Tel: 0191 433 8420. 7:30pm. £15.00. Featuring Keith Nichols, Ruth Lambert. Ticket reservations: 0191 281 4011 or email: ragtimedavekerr-aol.com

Mark Nightingale w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.20.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth, Durham DH1 3AT. Tel. 0191 386 5556. 7:00pm. Advance booking advised.

Blues

Phil Davids & the Good Times Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, June 16, 2014

Debra Milne's Summer Latin Jazz @ Hoochie Coochie June 15


Debra Milne (vcl); Steve Summers (saxes/perc); Alan Law (pno); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs); Tim Johnston (dms) + Paola Torres (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
The big screen back of the stage wasn't showing football which perhaps explains why Newcastle's Swiss and Ecuadorian population were absent although the room was not without an international presence of which more later.
I settled in my favourite seat with a glass of London Pride - described in the Hoochie Drinks Manual as A favourite with Jazz Critics! and prepared to enjoy an afternoon of Summer Latin Jazz.
And enjoy it I did - the Gnomes of Zurich will never know what they missed!
Debra had chosen wisely for this expanded ensemble and it would be difficult to field a better side. Maybe it was the World Cup coverage that had infused the feeling but the casual passer by would have sworn that these guys were natives of Brazil as they dealt out the bossa, samba, rumba rhythms etc behind Senorita Milne who looked the part in a multi-coloured, backless frock with an orchid in her hair - olay!
The material was, by and large, not part of Debra's regular set list but, apart from the occasional glitch, you'd never have guessed it. The unison voice, sax and guitar passages on Spain were astounding! Portugul too was represented in the form of one Paolo Torres who sang in Portuguese what translated as This Girl is so Different. Paolo, a long-time north east resident who speaks better English than I do Portuguese, deserved more than one song - look forward to hearing him again sometime.
I don't think I've heard Debra in better voice, the two Steve's scintillated, not surprisingly Alan Law impressed - his presence is not unknown in local Latin circles - whilst Grainger and Johnston (without an e) kept it all together.
Note to Debra - must do this again soon!
Lance. 
Footnote: Reading Elmore Leonard's Killshot as I rode the number 27 I noted one of the characters making reference to "Going downtown to hear Lonnie Liston Smith at the Pontchartrain Hotel." Well folks, if you want to hear Lonnie Liston Smith you needn't travel to Detroit - he's appearing at Hoochie on June 26 and it's only a tenner!

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

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