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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Wednesday November 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 12:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

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

Evening

Jazz

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

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

George Shovlin & the Radars, Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

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

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

Friday, December 14, 2012

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Hoochie Coochie Thursday December 13.

Michael Lamb, Pete Tanton, Tom Hill, Gordon Marshall (tpts); Alex Leathard, Mark Ferris, Robert 'Pez' Perez, Mr. John Flood (tmbs); Jamie Toms, Nadiah Killick(alt), Paul Gowland, Alan Marshall (ten), Laurie Rangecroft (bar); Chris Finch (pno); (bs); Pawel  Jedrzejewski (gtr); Guy Swinton (dms); Steph Adams, James Hedley (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
I'm pleased to say that they are still smokin' - breathing fire down their horns - and tonight, despite the Christmas theme, this was an evening that swung from the word go.

I missed the opening number but arrived just as Steph gave out with a spirited Wonderwall. A-Tisket-a-Tasket sung a la the youthful Ella followed. In between, the band played an impressive arrangement of Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea featuring Alex Leathard on trombone. 
More Steph with Time After Time then a real blockbuster of an arrangement of Body and Soul. This featured Paul Gowland on tenor. A slow, rhapsodic, chorus then POW! It became an up-tempo assault with Paul in full flight leading the charge and the brass playing Kenton/Herman type figures behind him before returning to the original tempo. This was quite an experience!
James Hedley arrived to sing Ain't That a Kick in the Head before teaming up with Steph for Baby It's Cold Outside. The blonde bombshell stayed on stage for a soulful Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. The set finished with the dynamic duo Walking My Baby Back Home.
The London Pride replenished, It was time to Keep On Keepin' On and tenor solos from Alan Marshall and Gowland did just that. One Note At a Time and a nice piano solo from Chris Finch indicated his damaged hand had healed. More Marshall tenor and great trumpet from Tanton.
The singers did Things and James sang Our Love is Here to Stay. This had some Sweets Edison style trumpet from Leader Lamb.
There was more, much more, Jamie Toms alto, Pete Tanton's flugel, the unpronounceable guitarist and, most importantly, the precision of the section work which was tight yet with the looseness that is so essential to making a band swing. Down in The Galley they were really cooking but these were no turkeys but geese that goosed the band to greater heights.
Catch them again at Cluny 2 on December 22.
Photos.
Lance.

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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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