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Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Azymuth @ Hoochie Coochie = March 5

Alex Malheires (bs gtr); Ivan 'Manao' Conti (dms); Fernando Moraes (keys).
(Review by Lance).
Azymuth laid down their own particular brand of samba jazz and 70's Brazilian pop to a crowded Hoochie. Repetitious it may be yet, nonetheless, the compulsive rhythms wind their strings around your heart attuning your pulse into their's.
Brilliant musicians all, my feet tap, my hands clap. What a drummer! Bass is no bummer! Keys and Korg and Fender Rhodes take us down Brazilian roads.Senor Conti picks up the pandeiro and soon we're flying down to Rio de Janeiro.
It was exciting stuff and, after 40 years touring the world, I guess they've got the formula right - the Hoochie audience certainly thought so..
Last time around I commented on the lack of dancers - no shortage this time after a couple of jazz dancers (pictured) set the ball rolling. This was quite a night with, several musicians in the audience - musicians usually feel it's beneath them to support other guys gigs - but those guys that were there last night knew different.
The thing about Hoochie is the ambiance, you're among like minded souls who want to hear good music whilst still having a good time.
I think the lasses were having a good time - them and everyone else!
Good to meet you Helen and Haley - and Patti, as ever, showing her appreciation.
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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