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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 Friday August 17

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Bop 3 - St John’s Hall, Snod’s Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. Tickets from 07766 037893. Second night of two – SOLD OUT. Trio - Snake Davis, Helen Watson & Dave Bowie.

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

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Omar @ Hoochie Coochie - May 11

Omar (vocal/keys); Lennex Cameron (vocal/keys); Hawi Gondwe (guitar); Darren Abraham (drums); ? (bass guitar); Samia (vocals).
(Review by Lance)
Back in the day, they were Stomping at the Savoy, Jumping at the Woodside or Rockin' thru the Rye. Last night, at Hoochie. they were doing all of those things and more within the square metre of space those fans on the dancefloor had managed to claim territorial rights to.
Hoochie's heavin', nobody's leavin'
Hot-legs and Hot-shots
Hindus and  Heathens
Highfliers and Hoi Polloi 
Here to hear the Real McCoy -
Omar!
It was a blast right from the off. Don't ask me to name all the songs - I didn't know them but the audience did. A cheer of recognition went up with each intro. Titles I did grasp (more or less) were: Party Tonight; Everybody Loves the Sunshine;  A Life With You; There's Nothing Like This; Stop War, Make Love...
There were many more all belted out to the delight of everyone, myself included. Omar, who's an MBE no less, has a good voice and great stage presence and he had the crowd in the palm of his hand. The band was top-notch too. Sizzling guitar,  groove-making bass (didn't catch his name, I think he'd only just joined the band although it didn't show), hit-em-where-it-hurts drums and keyboard capers from Cameron who also vocalised. In the warm-up, he blew some flute although I don't think he used it on the gig proper. More vocals - both backing and solo - from Omar's sister, Samia didn't do any harm, just the opposite in fact.
Like every gig I've been to at HC this was a hoot, a night to party and have fun.
Lance.
PS: My apologies to Julija Jacenaite for missing her gig/album launch at the Pro Bar- I hadn't realised until the last minute that the two gigs clashed. Catch you soon JJ.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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