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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.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Andchuck @ Hoochie Coochie - March 23

Nick Seymour (alto saxophone), Jack March (guitar), Tom Chapman (electric bass) & Gabriel Alexander (drums).
(Review/photos by Russell)           

Hoochie Coochie presents some of the finest soul, funk and jazz acts on planet Earth. Proprietor Warren Thomson offers performance opportunities to emerging musicians and this evening’s gig presented four students from the Royal Northern College of Music calling themselves Andchuck.
With an average age of something like twenteen, the Andchuck guys can play, no question! Four immensely talented young men, Andchuck gig at Matt and Phreds, Manchester and have played Manchester Jazz Festival. Tonight was an opportunity to hear them right here at 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle.
Alto saxophonist Nick Seymour fronts the band in as much as he does the talking. Stating: We are an original compositions band, the closely-cropped Seymour and band mates Jack March (guitar), Tom Chapman (a young man from these here parts, bass) and drummer Gabriel Alexander didn’t waste any time, they went for the jugular from the off. Chapman dropped the anchor, shuddering bass and bass drum beats rattling bottles of London Pride and cocktails glasses in the hands of a supportive Hoochie Coochie crowd. Tubular (a debut 7” single, no less), To Remember, to Remind (comp Jack March), this was exhilarating stuff. Seymour plays alto with intent; precise articulation, insistent, dancing lines. Guitarist March responded time and again, throwing riffs back at Seymour, occasionally stepping up to develop a mature solo of his own.

Seymour cited American skateboarder Gilbert Crockett as an influence on the band’s writing. This is clearly a generational thing, perhaps something to do with free-styling (leave it there, Ed). What transpired – Crockett’s Pocket – Alexander’s killing drum intro, the band razor-sharp, suggests the legendary Mr C has something to say to four kids at the RNCM. Horizontal Refreshment (A groovy one, said Seymour) written by bassist Chapman incorporated take-your-time solos (guitarist March particularly impressive, developing solos from a standing start) amidst turbo-charged full-on riffing, topped-off by Alexander’s powerhouse display.

 Irrelevant Elephant (comp Chapman) featured a killing drum solo and the unison lines of Seymour, alto, and March, guitar. Quasi illustrated Chapman’s chops, Chloe (comp Seymour), approximating the ballad form, an intense, slow-burning tune. Andchuck and audience were having a good time, a couple of tunes to close – House of Cards, then Flat Out. It’s great to hear an ‘eyeballs out’ number to send the audience on its way. Andchuck will return, when they do, be there. 

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.
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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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.)
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