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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Monday, June 22, 2015

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Hoochie - June 21

(Review by Lance.).
What is there left to say about these guys? The adjectives in the Jazz Lexicon have long been exhausted so, until Mr Webster adds a few more to his dictionary, I'm tempted to cop out with Too Marvelous for Words.
But that would be cheating and as this band doesn't cheat musically then neither shall I.

A program of the tried and tested intermingled with the, at least to me, less familiar. Such a piece was the opening Pianistics. A feature for Graham Don on keys along the  lines of Basie's The Kid From Redbank. It got the show on the road with a bang and soon the packed room were tripping the light fantastic. Skirts a-swirling, hips a-twirling, applause unfurling the bar had been set high!
Warren was smiling, the cocktails were flowing and Lindsay was singing I'm Beginning to See the Light.
James Hedley and F'reez proclaimed Let the Good Times Roll - they rolled!
Apart from the superb vocals that peppered the program so did the solos - as ever the saxes were to the fore with Gowland and Robinson heavily featured and Summers, Toms and my old buddy Laurie also having their meaningful say.
Trumpet blasts from Leader Lamb and Tanton, P. High notes from Marshall, G and trombonistics from Parnaby, K fused with PJ on guitar, Whent, M on bass guitar and that Guy Swinton on drums (and announcements) kept the temperature high.
And of course the section men without whom the sound wouldn't be there.
Three sets? Twenty Three wouldn't have been too many - for the audience!
They're back in September,
Lance.
Steve Summers, Keith Robinson (alt); Paul Gowland , Jamie Toms (ten); Laurie Rangecroft (bar); Gordon Marshall, Michael Lamb (MD), Pete Tanton, Dick Stacey (tpt); Mark Ferris, Kieran Parnaby, Robert Perry, John Flood (tmb); Graham Don (pno); Pawel Jedrzejewski (gtr); Michael Whent (bs); Guy Swinton (dms); Lindsay Hannon, F'reez & James Hedley (vocals).

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