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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Federation of the Disco Pimp w. Pee Wee Ellis @ Hoochie Coochie - June 24


Marco Cafollo (keys/vcls); Dade Thomas (dms); Michael Berrich (gtr/vcl); Ross Saunders (bs); Dave Towers/Jonny White (saxes); Cameron Jay (tpt) + PEE WEE ELLIS (ten/vcl).
(Review by Lance).
The last time I saw Pee Wee Ellis was at GIJF 2012 where he impressed with a band called Pork Chop - a pretty tame name compared to The Federation of the Disco Pimp! However, there was nothing tame about Ellis' playing on either occasion and nor did self-effacement figure on the Disco Pimps c.v.!
The funkiest of the funk, they hit the deck running setting the stage for Pee Wee to blow on Jaco's The Chicken. This elder statesman of the tenor sax has still got it! The other horns blew the familiar riff and guitar, bass, keys and drums also tucked-in.  A very tasty bird.
Just Enough For the City followed. However, by this time notebook had been discarded and I just wallowed in the sound. James Brown, Zappa, the Memphis Horns, Headhunters - you name it! the atmosphere, like the thunder and lightning outside earlier, was electric.
Composer, keyboardist, Cafollo led from the back producing some incredible sounds and somehow managing to cue in the horns even though they had their backs to him! He also sung and provided backing vocals. Main vocalist was guitarist Berrich who also wailed on a Gibson (335?). Apart from Ellis, who not only blew the funkiest tenor this side of Detroit as well as singing You Don't Know What Time it is (But I Do), the other horns had their moments too. Tenor man blew on I Love Tomorrow, The alto burned, there was a blistering solo on a tune I didn't catch the title of by a trumpet player whose name I didn't know either (now know him to be Cameron Jay)! Indeed, apart from Cafollo and Thomas, the other names were taken from the band's F/b page and may not be accurate but on nights like this - who keeps score?
As the evening progressed the inhibitions loosened and the dancers decided reckless abandon was the order of the day.  
Drummer Thomas catered to their needs laying down a hypnotic rhythm that would have even had David Cameron dancing!
Well maybe not...
Lance

3 comments :

  1. My knees and ears are telling me I had a brilliant night! Thanks, Hoochie Coochie!

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  2. Thanks for the info re Cameron Jay - review now corrected.
    At least one Cameron had a good night!

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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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