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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lickety Split @ Hoochie Coochie

Eddie Bellis (tmb); Kevin Eland (tpt/flg); John Hudson (ten); Alan Marshall (alt); Bill Britton (keys); Mick Danby (bs); Roy Willis (gtr); Paul Wight (dms).
A cracking gig  by a band that seems to improve with each hearing. I couldn't fault anything. Mick Danby, depping for Alan Rudd, was superb  indeed how could you not be in such a rhythm section? This was the perfect gig to put you in the mood for this weekend at The Sage. There will be some cracking bands at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival but, take it from me, after Lickety Split, they have it all to do!
The horns blow straight down the middle jazz - call it swing, call it bebop, call it what you like - I call it great. No squeaks, no grunts, no distortion, just music.
A rhythm section as sound as any you'll come across in a long day's stomp with pianist Britton (Britain?) outstanding.
I was reminded of those old Kenny Baker Let's Settle For Music broadcasts not least because of trumpet player Eland's solos and lead. This guy is like the Candoli Brothers rolled into one - Pete's range and Conte's solos. Not only that he's the most photogenic trumpet man I've come across since Harry James!
Catch this band when you can.
Photos.
Lance.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

You missed out the great Roy Willis on guitar!

Lance said...

Whoops! Sorry about that - omission rectified. Roy - a vital part of that rhythm section.

Mick Danby said...

Thanks for the thumbs up Lance!