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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Thursday February 22

Afternoon

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

Evening

Alan Benzie Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00. & £8.00 (advance).

BABMUS - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. students/MU).

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Tel: 0191 285 3229. 7:00pm. Free

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 9:00pm.

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

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pierce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Hokum Hotshots @ The Dun Cow, Sunderland. January 23

Hokum Hotshots: Jim Murray (guitars & vocals) & Pete Mason (guitars & vocals) + George Shovlin (guitar & vocals) & George Lamb (guitar & vocals)
(Review by Russell)
Sunderland Blues Club meets fortnightly in the upstairs room at the Head of Steam’s Dun Cow on High Street West. The club’s lynchpin George Shovlin was mighty pleased at the turn-out; the small drawing room-style layout with a trademark Head of Steam twist to an impressive Edwardian building, a photographic still of Stan and Ollie (the legendary duo performed at the adjacent Empire Theatre) at the bar.
Shovelin and fellow Radar George Lamb opened the all-acoustic show with a superb set of  blues standards ranging from Slim Harpo (Got Love If You Want It) to Muddy Waters (Long Distance Call) to Jimmy Witherspoon (Evenin’). Shovelin possesses a voice hewn from Wearside’s proud, defiant industrial heritage. The big-drinking blues crowd (a jazz club could but dream of such patronage!) had heard them all before and no one objected to hearing them one more time.
Murray and Mason do Hokum. Old timey, jug band exponents, the Hokum Hotshots gave a master class in the genre. Self-effacing (Two fat b******* from Shields), the duo, in the most appalling Hawaiian shirts (they’ve been wearing the on-stage clobber for years), do more than play a song –  as historians of the music they entertain and inform as they go. A collection of vintage guitars so rare (National slide, Dobro lapsteel, a mandolin c1950) they’re probably uninsured (premiums prohibitive), the Hokum Hotshots have the hardware and the talent to make the most of it by way of Casey Bill, Tampa Red and many others.
Sunderland Blues Club is a welcome addition to the north east’s flourishing live music scene. Next up at the Dun Cow (January 30, then fortnightly) is another double bill – Struggle Bunny and George Shovlin and Gary Lamb. Doors open at eight o’clock, admission £4.00. If you want a seat get in the queue before eight. Future guests include Mitch Laddie (Feb 13) and the Dave Whiffin Band (Mar 20). Mr Shovlin is onto a winner.                          
Russell.

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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.
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