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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Newton: "Somebody once said, 'If you're going to steal, steal from the best'. That's what I try to do." - (Jazz Rag, Winter 2018).

Today Sunday December 9

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Am Jam - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Lounge Lizards - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free.

Stu Collingwood Organ Trio - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. 4:00pm. Free.

Miss Mary & the Mr Rights - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1 BG. 12:00-3:00pm. 1920's jazz in Trencher's, Restaurant, the Champagne Bar & Valerie's Tearooms.

Mojo Hand - The Brewery Tap, Wellington St., Dunston NE11 9HS. Tel: 0191 447 4220. 5:00pm. Free.

House of the Black Gardenia - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 0191 222 0130. 6:00pm (Doors). Free.

Howlin' Mat & Sleepy Jake Segrave - Bonded Warehouse, Low St., Sunderland SR1 2PQ. Tel: 0191 515 3583. 1:00pm. Free. Monkey Junk Blues Club.

Paul Skerritt - Stack, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 2AS. 2:00pm. Free.

Evening

Steve Waterman w Durham Alumni Big Band - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 6:00pm. £10.00. Darlington Jazz Club.

Snake Davis Trio - St Peter's & St Paul's Parish Church, Stokesley, Cleveland TS9 5AE. Tel: 07923 245875. 7:30pm. £15.00.

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Niffi Osiyemi Trio - Prohibition Bar, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). Donations.

Archipelago w Lisette Auton & Fran Bundey - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. JNE.

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Polly Gibbons w. Strictly Smokin' Big Band at Hoochie Coochie - Sept. 16

(Review by Lance).
When Hoochie's head honcho Warren says that Polly Gibbons is in the top ten acts he's heard since he opened the Pilgrim St. venue x years ago it means something considering that amongst that roster is Gregory Porter, Chaka Khan, Mica Paris, Lonnie Smith, Roy Ayers, Joe Stilgoe, Hailey Tuck as well as several hundred others!
Yes, Ms. Gibbons is the real deal.

Two stomping sets that combined jazz and soul, and a few things in between, had the joint jumping and the swing dancers swing dancing.
No holds barred singing. 
Let the Good Times Roll: I heard this hoary old R'n'B classic a couple of weeks back sung by Georgie Fame and Zoot Money at Ronnie's and this version lost nothing by comparision. 

And this was just the beginning! Can't Buy me Love; Too Darn Hot; Don't be on the Outside; a Basin Street Blues to end all Basin Street Blues; a Gibbons' original - Everything Must Change and an amazing Love For Sale. Arranged by Michael Lamb it shaded the famous Buddy Rich version and brought the headliner's first set to a close.
The BSH team, apart from attempting to empty the shelves of London Pride, snapped Polly with trumpet players Pete Tanton (left) and MD Michael Lamb (right). Both players had good solos over the course of the evening.

Back on stage, Thomas Dolby's arrangement of Ability to Swing got the good times rolling once more and the song title couldn't have been more apt for both singer and band.
I'm Just a Lucky So and So; Oh What a Beautiful Morning à la Ray Charles and Count Basie; another couple of originals - Midnight Prayer and You Can't Just; a tribute to Aretha with Dr. Feelgood and, finally, I Let a Song Go Out of my Heart.

Quite a night that had begun with an opening set featuring Alice Grace and the band. I doubt there will be many opportunities to hear two such fantastic singers in the one evening and Alice did the home team proud - her version of Lost in the Memory absolutely stunning. Why have I never heard this song before?

 All the usual suspects soloed and, as always, impressed. The quasi Dixieland finish to Dylan's Don't Think Twice was more than alright.
Way back in the day, at the end of Prologue, Stan Kenton bombastically proclaimed "This is an Orchestra!"
Michael Lamb would be justified in doing the same!
Polly Gibbons (vocal) with:
Michael Lamb (trumpet/MD/arranger); Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey (trumpets); John Flood, Chris Gurgi-Smith, Kieran Parnaby, Mark Ferris (trombones); Steve Summers, Keith Robinson, Paul Gowland, Jamie Toms, Laurie Rangecroft (reeds); Graham Don (piano); Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar); Michael Whent (bass guitar); Guy Swinton (drums); Alice Grace (vocals).

12 comments :

Ron said...

It was without doubt one of those 'I was there' moments.
A great band and two great singers. What more do you want!

Steve T said...

I note you neglected to mention Jean Carn, or was it deliberate, or perhaps Freudian? One of the absolutely greatest ever voices in recorded music.

Lance said...

I only mentioned the ones that I've seen at Hoochie and I haven't seen Jean Carne.

Steve T said...

Incidentally, the 'e' on the end of Carn is optional. Certainly none of the original albums had it, but it seems to have been added to a British compilation and stuck, at least in this country.
Like many soul singers, particularly of the late seventies period, when disco was king (queen), she only made a handful of brilliant records, but her voice is extraordinary; like Betty Wright, Minnie Ripperton and Anita Baker, though less soulful than Aretha, Linda Jones and Shirley Brown, in the same way that the amazing Johnny Adams is less soulful than OV Wright.
The dead popstar thing is never beneficial (except to the widow(er)) so, if I promise not to claim that Stanley Clark(e) was/is the greatest of all electric bass players (and not Jaco as the rest of the world seems to think), I wonder if he could refrain from making comments which are silly, ill-informed, inaccurate, harmful and insulting to dozens of incredible soul singers.
Been a while since I've hijacked a post for my own agenda. Everybody always has an agenda.

Steve T said...

I'm not much of a googler generally, but I became curious and it seems she added the 'e' at the advice of a numerologist. Course she did.

Russell said...

This post is about Polly Gibbons. However, your comment, Steve, requires a response. Jaco was/is the greatest electric bass player of all time. Anyone with ears couldn't fail to agree.

Steve T said...

Don't think that's how music works Russell. And the post is about many things.

Lance said...

No the post is about Polly G and SSBB. Any additional agenda is really not relevant although worthy of discussion in a seperate post.

Steve T said...

It's about female singers (of which Jean Carn is one), Hoochie Coochie (where she has performed), big bands and if and when they become orchestras, and many other things; you covered quite a lot of ground. To my mind, discussion about music is good and should be encouraged and I seem to recall somebody (who shall remain nameless) saying the last time I hijacked a post, that this is what s/he loved about BSH, that it led to other discussions. I think it's a shame more people don't contribute to general discussions and I certainly don't think it should be discouraged when it happens, even if it strays off the original topic. Nobody has to read it.

Lance said...

It's about a gig that you weren't at. By all means bring in the other points mentioned -electric bassists, soul singers whatever and I will post it as a subject for discussion - something we welcome rather than discourage - time and place being the operative. I wouldn't dream of commenting on, say, an FTQ gig that I hadn't heard before going off on a tenuously related tangent.

Warren said...

This song just took me apart Lance, I was in bits. Soulful Jazz at it's best. Originally recorded for a Quincy Jones album, written by Bernard Ighner, I believe this Oletta Adams version to be best, but Polly just took my breath away with her interpretation & SSBB arrangement/performance. It's everything I wanted HC to be in one song...Soulful, Jazzy, emotional. Thanks for the review.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDlYyjDOzko

Steve T said...

I think you've strayed from the point Lance; something I applaud. Have you never had a conversation that leads to other things. There's a famous Mingus quote where he deconstructs jazz in the nature of a conversation. Roland Barthes killed off the Author half a century ago.
You will recall when you reviewed an album by an emerging jazz singer, (who like Jean Carn(e) would turn up at Hoochie) where you opened with comments I made about jazz singers not listening to great soul singers as much as they used to. You may not have recieved my comment against that post so I'll repeat the intention here. If somebody reads it and wonders who Jean Carn(e) is, or goes out and buys an album by Linda Jones, Shirley Brown or Angie Stone, I would consider that a good thing. Isn't that what BSH is all about!

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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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