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Bebop Spoken There

Oscar Peterson: "I find most pianists use too many notes in a chord. They double up an awful lot" - (Crescendo May 1963).

Benny Green (British): "...there was a whole race of men who used to stand in front of their bands, waving their arms, pretending to conduct ... Many of the bandleaders we had worked for had been either crooks or imposters ... " - (Crescendo March 1963).

Today Friday September 21

Afternoon

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

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

Ladies of Midnight Blue - Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books, Lime Street, Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel: 03000 3301095. 11:00am. £5.00.

Paul Edis - The Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00. Edis, solo piano.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50.

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Radars + Broken Levee - The Peacock, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3ES. Tel: 0191 511 1451. 7:00pm. £10.00. (+ £1.00. b/f). New blues venue.

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

Sunday, July 08, 2018

King Bees @ Billy Bootleggers - July 6

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Scott Taylor (harmonica, guitar, vocals); Dominic Hornsby (piano, guitar, vocals); Simon Hedley (double bass); Giles Holt (drums) 
(Review by Russell) 
Newcastle's number one dive bar was quiet, at least it was some forty five minutes before the scheduled nine o'clock start. Yes, of course, punters were elsewhere watching eleven not-so-famous Belgians knock out the samba boys. At ten past nine with Billy Bootleggers rapidly filling up King Bees went to work. 

I Don't Know protested Scott Taylor, but dive bar regulars knew different, yet again King Bees were on it from the start. Front line co-star Michael Littlefield claimed he was going Cuckoo, what wasn't in doubt was the audience going cuckoo for the best rhythm and blues band in town. 
Harmonica man Taylor invariably takes the lion's share of the vocals and this evening he reeled off three classics - Just a FeelingMy Babe and Big Walter Horton's Hard Hearted Woman - with convincing vocals and superb harp playing. Littlefield's finely-tuned Chicago style guitar playing compliments his vibrato-laden vocals and he closed the first set with a brace - Walking by Myself and the clarion call Caldonia

Goose IPA the pick of the bunch, the boys in the band went to the bar. The Nelson Street basement venue doesn't do introductions, when the band is ready to go you'd better be ready, too. Hey! The second set is about to start! 

Scott Taylor tore in to Wynonie Harris' early fifties hit Lovin' Machine riding on drummer Giles Holt's inviting shuffle rhythm. Tyneside's swing dancers follow King Bees and, Billy Bootleggers being the kind of place it is, a couple of them took the floor. Littlefield sang about an Automatic Woman, piano man Dominic Hornsby, grabbing a vocal number, rattled the Kansas City 88s before Littlefield resumed centre stage to tell us about Tommy Johnson's Big Fat Mama Blues. To close their first Friday residency, by way of an encore, King Bees got their Mojo Working 
Russell.

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