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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 14

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £2.00. Pub adjacent to Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

Evening

Paper Moon Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Lewis Hamilton Band - Cluny, Lime Street, Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel: 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £5.00. (adv). Blues.

Mitch Laddie Band - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 8:30pm. Free. Blues.

The Panthers - 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.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Hoochie Coochie Sunday Sept. 22

Michael Lamb (leader/tpt); Pete Tanton. Gordon Marshall, Tom Hill (tpts); Mark Ferris, Don Fairley, Mr John Flood, Robert Perry (tmbs); Steve Summers, Nadiah Killick (alt); Paul Gowland, Jamie Toms (ten); Sue Ferris (ten/bar). Marc Jolliffe (pno); Pavel Jedrzejewski (gtr); Michael Whent (bs); Guy Swinton (dms); Lindsay Hannon, James Hedley (vcls).
(Review by Lance).
Hoochie Coochie had a good crowd in for SSBB's monthly afternoon workout and it has to be said that this band seems to take giant steps forward with each hearing. A few personnel changes today.  Don Fairley has replaced Alex Leathard in the trombone section and Marc Jolliffe has taken over from Chris Finch at the keyboard. Sue Ferris occupied the baritone chair although this might be only a dep job. All acquitted themselves well.
The program consisted of the tried and tested along with the first time in public pieces. All were admirably performed and drew a vociferous response from the audience with the devotees at the front and the more casual listeners at the back.
Too many highlights to list. All the saxes soloed with punch and panache and blended well as a section. The brass were in the clouds with Leader Lamb and Pete Tanton handling the solo slots. Newcomer Fairley, a big band veteran from way back, soloed as if he'd been sitting in the section from day one and the whole section shone on It's Alright With Me. Pav on guitar, Jolliffe, Whent and Swinton are as sound a rhythm section as you'll find on a long day's stomp. Swinton also acted as MC which duty he performed as effectively as he soloed on Skindeep!
The vocalists were used sparingly with Flash! Bang! Alakazam! Lindsay hitting us with Orange Coloured Sky, Straighten Up and Fly Right and Alright, Okay, You Win whilst young blue eyes James Hedley scored with Our Love is Here to Stay, Let's Get Away From it All and The Way You Look Tonight.
It was a lovely way to spend a late afternoon early evening. The band can also be heard at The Millstone, South Gosforth on the last Thursday in the month starting 7pm. Next one Sept. 26. Next at HC is on Oct. 20. 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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Lance