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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: "It was about the time that the organ-type piano attachment - the clavioline - was invented. And the poster billing at one place where we played up north announced proudly, but erroneously: "The Johnny Dankworth Seven, featuring Frank Holder and the cleolaine" " - (www.jazzprofessional.com, December 2001).

Mary Lou Williams: “...it was discovered I possessed perfect pitch. Rumour of this oddity spread throughout the school, and pupils would drop pots and pans and other loud objects, asking 'What note, Mary?' (Melody Maker, 1954).

Today Friday May 25

Afternoon

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

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £15.30. NRFH. Solo blues, multi-instrumentalist, influences include Fats Waller & Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Shatner’s Bassoon - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £8 (£6 in advance).

Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston) - Vicolo: Live in the Lane, Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. 8:00pm. Free.

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Online booking: £10.00. + £1.37 booking fee. The Whitley Bay Carnival ‘Big Ball’ featuring debut of the Baghdaddies’ big band line-up.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 6:00pm. Free.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Soweto Kinch @ Hoochie Coochie - Sept. 25

Soweto Kinch (alt/voice/sampling); Nick Jurd (bs/bs gtr); Jonathan Silk (dms) + Hannabiell (tmb).
(Review by Lance).
As cool looking a dude as ever strutted his stuff at Hoochie - and Warren has presented some of the coolest dudes on Planet Earth - Soweto Kinch took the crowded room by storm and didn't take any prisoners! It says much for the man's charismatic appeal when I observed that there were more musicians in the audience than I can ever recall.
With no keyboard or guitar to chain him Kinch soared off into the unknown. Technique to die for, a tone to cherish and ideas galore. I could have listened to his alto playing all night but, having witnessed previous performances, I knew there was much more to the man than sheer instrumental virtuosity.
Is he a rapper or a hip-hopper? I don't know the difference, does anyone? whatever it was,  we got it a-plenty. Audience participation is at the core of his performance. The room was randomly split into "Haves" and "Have nots" with the former chanting "Privatise the gains" and the latter "Socialise the losses" - perhaps a prequel to the Labour Party Conference!
The music was from his last album, The Legend of Mike Smith, reviewed here by Russell, and successfully downsized to trio format albeit with the aid of some laptop sampling - if this had been a CIU club we'd have called them backing tracks!
Based on the Seven Deadly Sins - the audience knew them all - the music varied from the wildest alto playing I've ever heard to some of the most sensitive. Jurd fluctuated between double bass and bass guitar soloing effectively whilst Silk, who is becoming something of a regular visitor to the area, also stamped his credentials on the proceedings with plenty of drive - powerful without being domineering.
And, as if  that wasn't enough, a cameo spot for Hannabiell on trombone gave us just that little bit extra.
Truly a, in years to come, night to say proudly, "I was there"!
Photos.
Lance.

4 comments :

Warren Thomson said...

Thanks Lance , it was JAZZ & HIP HOP , they ARE bedfellows !

Warren Thomson said...

Rappers are different from Hip Hop , rap is what you do, Hip Hop is what you live ! Rap is part of Hi Hop which includes DJ culture graffiti, break dancing & a musical attitudeb !

Warren Thomson said...

When I grow up I wanna be Lance !!

Patti D. said...

This sounds like it was fabulous - I'd have been there, had I not been looking after two wee grandsons! Another great review, 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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Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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