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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Monday June 26

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Mica Paris @ Hoochie Coochie. Sept. 5

Mica Paris (vcl); Chris (keys); Kenny (gtr); ? (bs gtr); Mark (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Another winner for Warren! Hoochie was a hotbed of heaving humanity last night as the most sensational soul singer I've ever seen strutted her stuff to the delight of us sardines - yes it was a capacity crowd!
I can't put a name to all the tunes - with Mica in such close proximity, at a time like this who keeps score?
How could I write whilst clapping, waving my arms and applauding?
Where is the Love? was one of the early ones - the love was all around the stage! I Put a Spell on You. PD reminded me that it was written and originally recorded by Screamin' Jay Hawkins although I'd always associated it with Alan Price and Nina Simone. From now on, it belongs to Ms. Paris. I Should Have Known Better, My Worst Temptation, You Make me Feel Brand New just some of the others.
This lady gives 100% and then some! A fantastic voice and a great stage presence.
Regrettably, I didn't catch all the band members' names - so if someone can help out please do so. Names or no names they were what I would expect from an act of this calibre. Keyboardist Chris produced piano and organ sounds as well as horn section-like riffs. Guitarist Kenny - not only a cool looking dude but an ace bluesman to boot. Bass guitar at the heart of things and drummer Mark laid down all the right grooves.
This was one for the book, one to tell your grandchildren about, one to tell the whole wide world about.
Come back again soon!
Photos. 
Lance.
PS: And when the lady asked for a high chair, guess who got it for her? The smile she gave me was worth the effort!

2 comments :

  1. It was a great gig. If I'd realised it was you that gave her the chair I'd have said hello

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    1. I too, didn't recognise the caped crusader who passed her the chair. Though even if you had said hello, Ian, Lance would have been unable to hear you!

      It was a good gig, though I think it could have been better with slightly less amplifcation - Mica's voice was distorting in quite a few of the songs. There was however (I'm perhaps showing my age here!) a lot of audience noise (i.e. talking) to contend with during the music.

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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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