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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Lonnie Liston Smith Band @ Hoochie Coochie - June 4

Lonnie Liston Smith (keys); Tabitha Pearson (vcl); Samir Moulay (gtr); ? (bs gtr); Lee Pearson (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Over the years, I've seen just about all the great drummers: Gene Krupa; Jo Jones; Buddy Rich; Kenny Clarke; Art Blakey; Joe Morello; Shelly Manne; Mel Lewis; Sonny Payne; Elvin Jones....
Last night another name was added to that illustrious list! Lee Pearson is described by Evans Drumheads as 'One of the most vibrant and electrifying drummers of all time'. I doubt if anyone in Hoochie last night would argue with that. He was simply phenomenal!
Not just as a soloist but as a driving force, a breath-taking  inspiration to player and listener alike.
It was one of them ab. fab. nights, the sort of night that comes along about as frequently as a blue moon. Lonnie Liston and the band giving out all the right signals to delight the crowded but, amazingly, not sold-out, bar. Tabitha,  a voice with an amazing range, Samir, guitar wizardry, and a bass guitarist whose name I missed but who took the six stringed instrument to an incredible level combining with Lonnie Liston and Lee Pearson to have the room rockin' from bar one. The guy next to me was doing an Ali Shuffle - maybe we all were deep down. Was I in Newcastle, Detroit or the south side of Chicago? Would I be going home on the number 27, a Greyhound bus, a '52 pick-up truck or hitching a ride on an eastbound freighter?
I think I just floated home on a cloud.
Photos.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Great review, Lance - it was a blast!! Maybe Warren will know the name of the ace bassman? Whatever - it was a fabulously funky session!

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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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