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Bebop Spoken There

Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - 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, March 25, 2019

Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie - March 24











(Review/PHOTOS by Lance).

Hoochie was sold out - it usually is when Jason brings his band into town - the audience loves him,  and what's not to love? Sinatra, Dean, Elvis you name it he covers it and, with a 9 piece band behind him it's just fantastic.

She gets too hungry for dinner at eight. Rodgers and Hart in a Sunday afternoon disco bar! What's more, it was as if two of the most prolific songwriters of the pre-crap era had never been away. Lady is a Tramp. Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown put the boot in and we were dancing, shaking, doing things that they don't do on Broadway. Let There be Love, J boy reminded us it was Nat Cole's centenary making reference to the original Shearing recording, reminding the Toon Army that Shearing and Shearer were two different artists. 
One was blind who never failed to score (Lullaby of Birdland etc.) The other wasn't blind and sometimes did fail to score...

On the Street Where You Live then, That's Life. This was, indeed, life. We threw our arms in the air, sang/shouted the responses. Jason may have been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate A poet, a pawn and a king but, tonight he was definitely the latter.

You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves you; Come Fly With Me; Mr. Bojangles; King of the Road; Beyond the Sea; Minnie the Moocher and, wait for it, American Trilogy. Now, in previous gigs I have indicated that this was maybe not my favourite number so, what does Jason do? He gives the crowd a plug for Bebop Spoken Here! - now, I almost like  American Trilogy! I'm Trumped on that one.

Mack the Knife brought the first set to a close. Glasses were re-charged, dancing shoes at the ready and we were back into Ocean's Eleven for Ain't That a Kick in the Head; Cheek to Cheek and Sway

At this point in the show, the jazzier element gives way to the rockier, poppier side of Jason's repertoire but, not without his regular tenor duel with Lewis Watson on You're Indestructible on which Jason invariably acknowledges defeat although he's no mean saxman himself. For the return match, to make it a level playing field, perhaps Lew could sing...

It was a fantastic early evening gig in a great club. Thanks to 'Slim' Warren for putting on such a great singer/band - and they are great. Within their ranks are some of the area's finest jazz guys - even the deps are first-call so maybe, an occasional solo wouldn't have gone amiss.
Lance.
PHOTOS

Jason Isaacs (vocal/tenor sax); Lewis Watson, Niall Armstrong (reeds); David Gray (trombone); Mark Webb, Darren Irwin (trumpets); Dean Stockdale (piano); Neil Harland (bass guitar); Simon Ferry (drums).

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