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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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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 13, 2015

Pilgrim St Set @ Hoochie Coochie - March 12. (Take 2)

Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs); Rob Walker (dms).

(Review/photo by Jerry)
Richard Burns keeps exhorting us to tip the bar-staff: I never have (short arms, deep pockets) but I really ought to. They shine. Everything at Hoochie Coochie shines – the chrome fittings, the bar-top, the neon lights and as for the musicians…..

The Pilgrim St. Set just get better & better.” Apologies to Warren, whom I am quoting, but I’m sure I THOUGHT it first! What I particularly like is that, over time, the ratio of covers (“bed covers” / “Saturday night covers”??) to originals has shifted to the point where only two numbers tonight (I think) were covers: Zappa’s Chunga’s Revenge and Soli by Gong. The rest were all high-octane, high quality originals by band members and I managed to catch some titles this time!
Ventouse was penned by Paul Susans and Progress by Richard Burns: Gary Turner gave us Armadillo and (his take on An English Country Garden?) Plantlife.
An Edis original opened the second set and was followed by Number One, inspired by Burns’ experiences of “riding the bus.” In the intro he tried whistling into the mic’ then, dissatisfied with the result, inverted his trumpet and whistled across one of the valves before returning to conventional playing. Shame – there must be a place in jazz for Pan Pipe improv? All seemed mellow to begin with (or was it just that I had graduated from Beck’s Blue to London Pride?) but something exciting must have happened mid-journey judging by the electrifying solos. It’s a pity Burns now has a car (he told us so last month) as who knows what the 21X from Bishop Auckland might have inspired!
He also told us last month about building a compost store and tonight we learnt that he was moving house (“any volunteers?”). When he asserts that people seeking anecdotes are “clearly in the wrong place” he is seriously under-selling himself!
The second set also featured a “world premiere” of an Edis original – Elastic – which Burns declared “difficult – it has 20 notes” but the band managed to stretch to that! And Conkers (Gary Turner) which the tall trumpeter averred was about “smashing your mate in the face when you’re a kid”! It certainly made an impact with the audience who demanded an encore…..and were rewarded with Spug(?) by Paul Susans for which my scribbled notes were: “slow-burner – lotsa noise eventually – Rob goes crazy” , as did we all!
Warren says he “knows nowt”: I probably know less but I know what I like. This excellent venue and these musicians are giving me more and more of what I like!

Jerry.

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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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