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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 Friday April 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

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

Evening.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Monday, January 19, 2015

Paul Skerritt Band @ Hoochie Coochie. January 18.

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (keys); Anth Ord (bs); Tom Chapman (dms) + Josh Bentham (alt); Michael Lamb (tpt).
(Review by  Lance).
The fans turned out - the men delivered! A cracking session across the genres with pop and rock and classic swing. Skerritt did the business ably abetted by band and guest instrumentalists.
Harrison - as ebullient as last night but in a more controlled environment - gave his usual 110%, Ord, laid back, cucumber cool, the maypole around which it all evolved. Chapman, for today at least, was King of the Swingers. Bentham and Lamb leapt in and out, sometimes individually, sometimes in tandem. They both provided pithy solos. 
On an afternoon where warmth was in much demand outside, in Hoochie the temperature (musicwise) was never less than boiling. When Skerritt sang Come Fly With me let's fly down to Peru we were already in Acapulco Bay and didn't need to go to far Bombay for some exotic booze (London Pride).
This was Street Life Newcastle Style and if it hadn't been for the tables we'd have been dancing Cheek to Cheek instead we heard a cracking solo from Michael Lamb. My Funny Valentine - not my favourite tune, or so I was told! - but this version was ok and young Josh sizzled.
And so the afternoon sped along. Skerritt sang to the Miss Jones' in the audience and I'm sure he was pleased to meet them. It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't got that Swing - it had that swing!
This was one very enjoyable afternoon but then again, is it ever not at Hoochie?
Lance.

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