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Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Tuesday August 14

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

CD Review: Dom Pipkin - Smokin' Boogie: The Live Bootleg Sessions

Dom Pipkin (piano/vocal)
(Review by Lance).
It's close on two years since I heard and was knocked out by Dom and the Ikos at Hoochie Coochie. They've been back since but, unfortunately, circumstances decreed that I missed their last visit. However, this solo outing by Dom goes someway to making up for it. Subtitled The Live Bootleg Sessions and recorded at various southern venues it's a belter. If the UK had a Mason-Dixon Line these would be well south of it. In fact, close your eyes and use a bit of imagination and you could well find yourself below the actual MD Line rather than at St. Leonards on Sea, Cheltenham or the East Surrey College where some of these tracks were laid down to enthusiastic applause. 
It's all here - Willie Dixon, Percy Mayfield, Jelly Roll, Spencer Williams, Little Walter, Leadbelly and others along with some Pipkin originals.
Blues, ragtime, whatever, Dom takes it all in his stride (and I use the word advisedly) if the East Surrey College had been in Natchez they'd have made him a Professor.  
Apart from playing a whole lot of piano, he also shouts the blues like as though he was a fully articled cotton picker's clerk.
And yet... listen to the final track - I'll be Seeing You! As rhapsodic a version as you're likely to find and none the worse for that. I bet even Vera Lynn would like it.
For myself, all I can say is that, hopefully, I'll be seeing you again sometime at Hoochie.
Available on Hambone 003 or at gigs.
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.
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