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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

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 July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Soweto Kinch @ Hoochie Coochie - Sept. 25

Soweto Kinch (alt/voice/sampling); Nick Jurd (bs/bs gtr); Jonathan Silk (dms) + Hannabiell (tmb).
(Review by Lance).
As cool looking a dude as ever strutted his stuff at Hoochie - and Warren has presented some of the coolest dudes on Planet Earth - Soweto Kinch took the crowded room by storm and didn't take any prisoners! It says much for the man's charismatic appeal when I observed that there were more musicians in the audience than I can ever recall.
With no keyboard or guitar to chain him Kinch soared off into the unknown. Technique to die for, a tone to cherish and ideas galore. I could have listened to his alto playing all night but, having witnessed previous performances, I knew there was much more to the man than sheer instrumental virtuosity.
Is he a rapper or a hip-hopper? I don't know the difference, does anyone? whatever it was,  we got it a-plenty. Audience participation is at the core of his performance. The room was randomly split into "Haves" and "Have nots" with the former chanting "Privatise the gains" and the latter "Socialise the losses" - perhaps a prequel to the Labour Party Conference!
The music was from his last album, The Legend of Mike Smith, reviewed here by Russell, and successfully downsized to trio format albeit with the aid of some laptop sampling - if this had been a CIU club we'd have called them backing tracks!
Based on the Seven Deadly Sins - the audience knew them all - the music varied from the wildest alto playing I've ever heard to some of the most sensitive. Jurd fluctuated between double bass and bass guitar soloing effectively whilst Silk, who is becoming something of a regular visitor to the area, also stamped his credentials on the proceedings with plenty of drive - powerful without being domineering.
And, as if  that wasn't enough, a cameo spot for Hannabiell on trombone gave us just that little bit extra.
Truly a, in years to come, night to say proudly, "I was there"!
Photos.
Lance.

4 comments :

Warren Thomson said...

Thanks Lance , it was JAZZ & HIP HOP , they ARE bedfellows !

Warren Thomson said...

Rappers are different from Hip Hop , rap is what you do, Hip Hop is what you live ! Rap is part of Hi Hop which includes DJ culture graffiti, break dancing & a musical attitudeb !

Warren Thomson said...

When I grow up I wanna be Lance !!

Patti D. said...

This sounds like it was fabulous - I'd have been there, had I not been looking after two wee grandsons! Another great review, 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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