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Today Wednesday January 29

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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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.)
Photos.
Lance.

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