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Today Wednesday January 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

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Blues

Blues - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

I've Got the Exchange Blues - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 8:00pm. Free. Weekly blues jam session.

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

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Hoochie - Feb. 12

Graham Hardy (tpt/vcl), Alistair Lord (tpt); David Gray, Mark Ferris (tmb); Sue Ferris (ten); Phil Rosier (tuba); Brendan Murphy (bs dm); Russ Morgan (sn dm).
(Review by Lance).
They were hooching, they were cooching, they were romping, they were stomping, they were dancing, they were prancing they were having a ball - and that was just the audience! The band were also getting their kicks without hitting Route 66. This was the business, gut busting solos, tight ensembles, rocket fuelled rhythm. 
Take the traditional Tyneside song Waters of Tyne; it began flowing gently but ended up to become the Mississippi Delta at the height of the hurricane season.
This was just one of the highlights of which there were plenty! The publicity promised a Mardi Gras experience and that's what we got as the band paraded around the room! Why go to New Orleans when you can go to New Castle?
Rosier - the Cat Anderson of the tuba - was incredible whilst Murphy and Morgan were incredible plus! The horns bypassed the moon and aimed for distant galaxies with the Theme from Star Wars.
Singing comes with the territory for jazz trumpet players and Graham Hardy is a great jazz trumpet player. Sue Ferris, depping for Jamie Toms who was over at the Caff, may be a kitten offstage but stick a tenor  sax between her lips and she becomes a wildcat holding her own with the best of them.
Lord too had his moments on trumpet although he didn't sing. David Gray, the earthier of the two slidemen, and Mark Ferris the smoother, rounded off the front line. Both made invaluable contributions.
Even now, 11 hours later, I'm still on Bourbon Street (A.K.A Pilgrim Street).
Lance.

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

I agree 100% a night full of surprises; and all pleasant �� good to see a varied mix of ages on the dancefloor too.

Jumpin' Hot Club (on Twitter) said...

We very much concur.

Graham Hardy (on F/b) said...

Thanks for the great review Lance

Patti D (on F/b) said...

Yes - a fantastic review - and what a brilliant gig, Graham! More, please .....

Patti said...

Excellent repertoire too - great to hear a funked up Video Killed The Radio Star - that was a surprise!

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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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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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