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Brian Carrick: "I contacted Max Jones of Melody Maker and offered to be his correspondent in the States, but I should have done what Ken Colyer had done, get a job on a ship and then jump ship in the States. So I didn't make it [to New Orleans] till 1973." - (Just Jazz May 1999)

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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Preview: Claire Martin @ Hoochie Coochie

They've done it again! This Sunday (Oct. 20) Strictly Smokin' Big Band in conjunction with Hoochie Coochie have once more come up with the goods!

"The goods" in this case being super star jazz singer Claire Martin, OBE. Regarded both here and abroad as one of the finest living jazz voices - with a string of superb albums to prove it - this promises to be the best Sunday afternoon jazz concert yet at the iconic Newcastle venue.

Earlier this year I reviewed a CD by Claire in the company of Jim Mullen - Bumpin' - a brilliant small group recording that is just about as good as it gets when it comes to jazz singing. On Sunday, however, the lady goes to the other extreme strutting her stuff with SSBB who themselves can  be compared favourably with most, if not all, of the big bands around. 

If your forté is top class singing and/or a swinging big band then Hoochie Coochie is the only game in town.
Lance

Sunday October 20.
Claire Martin, OBE, w. SSBB - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel. 0191 2220130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £20.00.

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