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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.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

SSBB w. Scarlet Street @ Hoochie Coochie - March 19

(Review by Kath G)
This was a superb event and one that I will put on my list of top gigs for this year! The SSBB and Scarlet Street, simply stupendous! The dancers flocked to this one, and the floor was full… in fact the joint was jumping and full to the rafters!
I am often delighted by the versatility of the SSBB and their varied contempory and traditional sounds, this gig was no exception… the introduction of a EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) in the first number Pronk was simply fabulous.  I have previously heard Courtney Pine play one, and believe me, Steve Summers could give him a run for his money on this one… WOW!  Indeed, Strike up the Band!  A selection of delights from Miss Alice Grace followed, Somebody Loves Me, That Ole Devil Called Love, Heat of the Moment and Can’t We Be Friends, with equally delightful solos from Paul Gowland, Steve Summers, Keith Robinson, Jamie Toms and Michael Lamb.

Spain gave Paul Gowland the opportunity to play his Soprano Sax, and then the next delight of the night joined the stage for the final 3 numbers of the first set – F’reez with Gambling Man Blues, solos from Michael Lamb and Graham Don, This Is Not For You, featuring Pawel Jedrezejewski and Dave McKeague and Grass is Greener with a lovely piano solo from Graham Don.


A short break and not only was it A Very Good Year, Miss Grace, solo fron Jamie Toms, but yes Lets Do It, featuring Keith Robinson on Clarinet, yeah… hot!  Too Darn Hot, with muted Trumpet from Pete Tanton, cooled down by some F’reez and L-O-V-E only to bring out the sun again with Sunny.  So what’s next… as F’reez said… “This is something else!”

The lovely ladies of Scarlet Street, Jennifer Davies, Cherie Gears, Marina Gears and the exquisite Alice Grace. SSBB accompanied Sunny Side of the Street, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree and then the ladies sang a capella - Mr Sandman…WOW!  This sure did make me Happy… Barber pop at its best!

A slightly longer break and onto set 3 commencing with the band introducing the Scarlet Street song, Don’Cha Go ‘Way Mad.  Next up came Michael Lamb featured as, The Boogie Woogie Bugal Boy and then F’reez took to the stage again with I’ve Got You Under My Skin and The Mood I’m In; he then joined the lovely ladies, to sing Accentuate the Positive. 

A final trio of delights by Scarlet Street brought the house down… I Could Write a Book featuring Pete Tanton… come to think of it, he did write a book, I know this, it’s on my bookshelf – Johnny Lonely!  One Way Or Another … raptuous applause and then Jen agreed she had ‘one more in her’ (Thankfully her little girl did not put in an early appearance) so the final one, was a bit of a surprise!  Single Ladies.
Patti Durham had the final word… A stormin’ stonkin’ blast!

Kath G.

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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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