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Michael Dease: "Slide [Hampton] is also one of the people to expand the range of the horn, so he's popping out high Fs like they're breakfast cereals." - (JazzTimes Oct. 2019).


Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Saturday October 19



Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Dave O'Higgins Masterclass - Hurworth Grange, Hurworth Road, Hurworth, Darlington DL2 2BN. 12 noon - 2:00pm. £20.00. A Jazz Blowers' event, places limited. Details:

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Central Methodist Church, 21 Cockton Hill Rd., Bishop Auckland DL14 6EN. 2:00pm. £4.00. A memorial concert in memory of Gavin Belton.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 5:45pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).




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

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

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Redemption Jazz @ Hoochie Coochie - Hallelujah!

John Hall (ten); Jim Hall (keys); Keith Tulip (bs); Martin Wake (dms).
It's nice when you're travelling home from a gig and pondering on what to write only to find that someone has near enough done it for you!
I refer to Bob Porteous who'd posted a comment on the preview to this gig before my Metro train had even reached Gateshead Stadium - Steve Cram couldn't have done it faster!
Bob wrote: 
Hi BSH Just thought that I should say that Redemption at the Hoochie Coochie were absolutely excellent tonight. Great Coltrane and superb Corea - in particular Chameleon and a spellbinding multi tempo version of God Bless the Child. Great musicians - More please! Haven't enjoyed myself so much at a gig in Newcastle since medieval times in the New Orleans Jazz Club at Forth Banks. I would recommend anyone interested in BSH to go see them! 

Well Bob that sums up my feelings too and it just skims the surface. John Hall is a great tenor player - what a waste all those years building Metro Centres and buying and selling football teams - or was that his dad?
To digress, I remember, from my days in Windows Music Shop, the Sir John Hall did have a nephew who played tenor...  I bet he never played it like you did tonight!
Not that this was a one man show John's brother Jim (not the guitarist) played powerhouse piano and Keith on bass, whether six string or Fender Jazz (Precision?), kept it all together. Martin on drums swung it all along without going over the top.
The overall feel was Latin Funk but there was lots of hardbop in there too - Manteca, Dexter's Montmartre, Coltrane's Blue Train.
It's only the second week in January and it probably won't be my Gig of the Year but, at this moment in time it's the one they've all got to catch! And you can catch them at the Splinter @ The Bridge session on March 4 (According to the band's website, not according to Splinter's who list James Mainwaring? - clarification please.)

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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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