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Bebop Spoken There

Vadim Neselovskyi, Professor of Jazz Piano, Berklee College of Music: “Every pianist has to deal with a very complex left-hand part at some point. This is the essential pianistic experience – to split your brain into two halves and execute two very different tasks at the same time.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Roscoe Mitchell: “To me, improvisation is trying to improve your skills so you can make these on-point compositional decisions. That takes practice.” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hailey Tuck w. Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Hoochie Coochie - September 18


Hailey Tuck (vocal); Rick Simpson (piano); Chris Maddock (tenor) + Strictly Smokin' Big Band.*
(Review by Lance).
You wait for ages then two come along at once! No, I'm not talking about buses, I'm talking gigs.
I'd marked Friday's Nigel Price Trio session down as my gig of the year then, what happens?  SSBB roll up at Hootchie and, not only do they have Alice Grace as band singer but they also bring in Parisian based American singer Hailey Tuck!
Hailey, by the way, brought in Rick Simpson on keys and Chris Maddock on tenor who also did the majority of her vocal arrangements.
Alice opened the batting with Sway; Time After Time; Somebody Loves me (everybody does babe!); Alright OK You Win; You Make me Feel so Young. Alice looked good and sounded even better if that were possible!
Time to meet Ms. Tuck.
Fascinating Rhythm (complete with verse); Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea; Stardust with just (JUST!) the rhythm section; So in Love; Daydream; Let's Do It; Don't Think Twice and After You've Gone.
La Tuck transcends the eras, her rich well-rounded contralto au fait with any idiom
The comparison between the vocalists was interesting, and neither lost out. To simplify, Alice is post-bop and Hailey is pre-bop.  And yet, although Hailey acted, danced, dressed sang like a flapper, her material also encompassed Bob Dylan and the Jackson 5!
However, this wasn't a Savoy Ballroom cutting contest - just two superb singers doing their own thing which, occasionally, overlapped and made me think that maybe they could have done a girlie duet!
Hailey, after pausing to chat with the audience and have a couple of pics taken, returned for the third set and we had All the Things You Are; My Heart Belongs to Daddy; When It's Sleepytime Down South (with a rare solo by Rangecroft); No Moon at All (with Rick Simpson and Chris Maddock); All I Do is Think of You and Sunday Morning (a Tuck original). There was more but, not being in our usual comfort zone, making notes was difficult. This didn't detract from the music!
The band, as we've come to expect, were well up to the task and most of the usual suspects got in with solos.
Rick Simpson, originally from Guisborough, I'd last heard him accompanying Sarah Ellen Hughes (whatever became of?), and he proved to be equally adept with Hailey comping and soloing to great effect. Rick also chipped in with a couple of arrangements although the majority were by Maddock who also blew some good tenor
An Australian visitor remarked, "A superb big band and two great singers, I'd expect to pay £100 for this!" He's right but please don't tell Warren!
Photos. 
Lance.
* Strictly Smokin’ Big Band: MD Michael Lamb, Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey (trumpets); Kieran Parnaby, Mark Ferris, Robert ‘Pez’ Perry, Mr John Flood (trombones); Laurie Rangecroft (baritone saxophone); Paul Gowland (tenor & soprano saxophones), Jamie Toms  (tenor saxophone), Steve Summers (alto & soprano saxophones, clarinet, flute), Keith Robinson (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet); Graham Don (piano), Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar), Michael Whent (bass), Guy Swinton (drums); Alice Grace (vocals). 

3 comments :

  1. A fabulous gig - one of the best so far! And a great introduction to Hailey for us ..... btw, the Sunday Morning song is by Maroon 5 - from their first album.

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  2. I stand corrected - it was rather noisy at times!

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    1. Yep - Hailey introduced the song by saying that one of the band's guitarists was dating her sister at the time - and she got to know them well! Think she added that Chris had re-arranged the number for her .....

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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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