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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Friday February 23

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Dock in Absolute - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00 concessions).

James Taylor Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. £16.00. Doors 7pm.

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Crooners - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham, Stockton on Tees TS23 2LJ. Tel: 01642 552663. 7:30pm. £20.00. Touring comedy Rat Pack production with Chris Hibbard’s nine piece Mini Big Band.

King Bees - Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

Shamans Jazz Quartet + Collective Folamour - The Hearth, Main Road, Horsley NE15 0NT. Tel: 01661 853563. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Friday, September 21, 2012

Young Collective Jam @ Hoochie. Thursday Sept. 20

David Gray (tmb); Tim Bloomer (gtr); Dominic Snaith (keys); Katie Trigger (bs); Robbie Houston (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
You go into a bar - cocktails 2 for the price of 1. It's a young trendy place. There's a band playing - cool, groovy but, 'alf a mo, the front man's playing trombone! Trombone, I ask you? But, tell you what, he can 'play that thing'!
Yes, young Master Gray has moved on from his first tentative appearance at the Jazz Café. Since then he has graduated by way of the band that once was Horn Dogs - now Northern Monkeys or something - to the level of a soloist capable of holding his own as the lone frontman at the Young Jazz Collective's Hoochie Jam Session.
Nothing pretentious (thank goodness!) just good old jam session blowing.
Watermelon Man; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; a funky Stevie Wonder song and Jaco's legacy - The Chicken - were some of the numbers that made this a storming first set.
Listening to David blast (and I use the word advisedly without any disrespect) it was like a lesson in the history of Slideology. Gray doesn't do Green (Benny or Urbie) he comes from Ory, Clyde Bernhardt and Jimmy Knepper to Dennis Rollins with maybe a little Brian Chester on the side.
Not that this was a one man show - far from it. Tim Bloomer is a jazz rock guitarist who can thrash and shred with the best but also has a lyrical side which was somewhat hidden tonight.
On bass guitar, lovely Katie Trigger just laid back and let the riff's hang out. Melodic and harmonically rich Katie is a driver not a passenger. Robbie kept them up to scratch and Dominic played some interesting keyboard - not least when in B3 mode.
Sadly, the young trombonist didn't return for the second set and the rock element took over from the jazz side with Tim Creaming it a la Clapton and Co. Still great but I did miss a horn out front just for variety.
I don't know what the average age was but I'd guess they were in the lower twenties which is encouraging.
Nice one. It's a shame the jazz community still opts away from this venue but then again, they seem to opt away from most venues particularly when the local millionaires are kicking the pigskin around!
Photos.
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.
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