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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 Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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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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