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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Dom and the Ikos @ Hoochie Coochie - Oct. 30

Dom Pipkin (pno/vcl); Tony Ricco (ten); Jay Darwish (bs gtr); Pat Davey (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Warren does it again and, even though he takes a few hits, he brings to his venue the music he loves.
An unsubsidised guy who, like many other local promoters, puts his money where his mouth is.
Dom and the Ikos were superb. An example of how foolish genre guide lines are! This was jazz, it was rock 'n' roll, rhythm 'n' blues, it was a compilation of the lot - the works! And this band works!
Think Bill Haley, Louis Jordan, New Orleans. Not the N'awlins of King Oliver but the Big Easy of today. I wished that Steve Horowitz had been present to compare Dom and the Ikos with the bands he'd heard on his recent Louisiana Hayride. I reckon these guys would have held their own.
Dom plays the kind of piano Jools can only dream about whilst Ricco is a booting, rocking, swinging, grooving, tenor man for all seasons. I think bass guitar and drums may have been tour deps, if so, they've done their homework well.
They kicked off with Iko, Iko (natch) then Let the Good Times Roll and roll they did! After Professor Longhair's In the Dark and an original, Dom played a piano solo - a touch of Chopin and some JSB Bookerended Pixie. Stride, ragtime, barrelhouse, all rock and rolled into one.
I stopped taking notes round about this point - why write it down? I wasn't going to forget this night! The couples were now dancing - shaking, gyrating and, like the guys on stage, having a ball.
Happy Birthday requests can often dull the proceedings. but not when Dom delivers them.
One extended set sans intermission enabled me to catch the number 27 Greyhound which was good as I turn into a pumpkin after midnight and this is a bad time of year to be a pumpkin.
Photos.
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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