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Today Tuesday February 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 54 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan +?

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

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mo Scott Band @ Hoochie Coochie

Mo Scott (vcl); Gary Dunn (bs); Neil Harland (bs); Paul Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance).
There was a whole lot of shakin' going on both on stage and behind the bar. Hoochie was packed with a crowd drawn by the charismatic blues belter, whose voice is inversely proportionate to her diminutive frame, and the Thursday night 2 for 1 cocktail offer.
This latter attraction was a double edged sword inasmuch as it meant us non-cocktail drinkers waited a little longer as these mysterious multi-coloured potions were shaken or stirred according to preference.
As for Mo, the general consensus at our table was that she was in the best voice ever. No sound-check, no frenzied miming to the flight deck just straight down the middle blues that, by the second set had segued into rock 'n' roll.
So her program was a tried and tested one? So what? Why change a winning team? Tonight, Mo and her band were Team GB.
And what a team! Neil Harland, described by Russell as "A man for all sessions" who, on electric bass, was both seen and heard to great effect - particularly on Fever where his exchanges with guitarist Dunn intensified this vocal epidemic.
Dunn, a new name to me, had me wondering how anyone could follow Rod Sinclair with this band? The former Daintee did just that by offering contrast rather than competition to his predecessor. Relaxed and melodic in the first set he countered with some virtuoso blasts in the second. A superb player.
Smith too is superb, his drum breaks at times electrified the room and we got our kicks from his solo on Route 66.
A packed room, a busy bar and a good band - no wonder Warren was smiling!
Hoochie 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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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