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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

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

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

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

Monday, July 18, 2016

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea @ Hoochie Coochie - July 17

Gerry Richardson (Hammond SK2/vcl); Rod Sinclair (gtr); Garry Linsley (alt); Jamie Toms (ten/sop); Sue Ferris (bar/fl); Dave Hignett (tpt/flug); Mark Webb (tpt); Chris Hibbard (tmb); Paul Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Steve T reported that Friday's lunchtime gig at the Gala in Durham by Gerry's Quartet had a less than capacity audience and I have to report that such was the case at Hoochie on Sunday. To entice the punters off the sun-drenched streets of Newcastle into the air conditioned luxury of Hoochie Coochie, owner Warren dropped the advertised fiver and made it free entry.
It helped although why a fiver would make a difference between going and not going to see a band of this calibre is beyond me!
Reading Steve's review of the quartet gig much of his comments would apply here - a similar set list with powerhouse Hammond, blues-rocking guitar, wailing alto and punchy drumming. However, multiply 4 by 2.25 and you have all of the above plus two trumpets, one trombone, one baritone doubling flute and one tenor doubling soprano - what a sound!
Gerry described one of the early numbers as "A TV cop show type soundtrack". A good description although it wasn't Dixon of Dock Green! Not after Rod Sinclair's blast. Chris Hibbard, one of two deps, soloed on Ska Odyssey and Big Jazz Club in the Sky  - vocal by Gerry.
African Sunset had Paul Smith sending messages whilst Dave Hignett hit the heights on flugel horn.
Turnaround Shuffle featured the other dep, Jamie Toms on tenor, Garry Linsley on alto, Rod, Gerry and Sue. All fantastic solos but, if we'd had a Clapometer, such as they used to have on Opportunity Knocks, then Sue's bari solo would have been the outright winner.
Dixon of Dock Green, Opportunity Knocks - how old is this guy I hear you ask?
More numbers followed including one that Gerry described as having a Drum 'n ' Bass intro. It could be described as cacophony, free improv, or atonal, depending on your point of view. However, it eventually settled into a nice groove that hit the spot. Sue on flute and Jamie on soprano took the honours.
By this time I was getting writer's cramp, not having Steve T's stamina, so I committed the rest to my London Pride fuelled brain.
There was a samba that cried out for the dance floor to be activated, a trumpet chase by Hignett and Webb and finally, Night Train with solos all round. A fitting end to a superb early evening gig enabling me to get home and to catch up with the Tour de France. If they had yellow jerseys in jazz all of these players would be in contention.
Photos.
Lance

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