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Today Friday April 26

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Black Bull, Frosterley DL3 2SL. Tel: 01388 527784. Coach trip dep Tyneside 10:30am. Tickets: £15.00. Info: 0191 252 9429.

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

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

The City Trio - Stack, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QE. Tel: 0191 216 1415. 5:00-7:00pm. Free. Alice Grace, Jennifer Davies, Ben Helm.

Evening.

Swing Bridge - Scott's, Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 6:20-7:15pm. Free. Gig in the cafe.

James Birkett & Emma Fisk - The Old Low Light, Clifford's Fort, North Shields Fish Quay NE30 1JA. Tel: 0191 257 4506. 7:00pm. £10.00. Advance booking required.

Baghdaddies - Ponteland Beer Festival, Ponteland Leisure Centre, Callerton Lane, Ponteland NE20 9EG. Baghdaddies 7:15pm (doors 6:00pm). £12.00.

Pepperland - Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6BR. Tel: 08448 112121. 7:30pm. £19.00. Mark Morris Dance Group's 50th anniversary celebration of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. MD Ethan Iverson leads seven-piece NYC band. First night of two.

The Ronnie Scott’s Story: 60th Anniversary Concert - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £27.70. & £18.50. Support set by Jambone on concourse (7:00pm).

Sue Ferris Quintet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01325 468177. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. Note new, earlier start time.

Blues/Soul/Funk

45 Spread - 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.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Postmodernaires @ Hoochie Coochie - April 15.

Ross Laing (trumpet/MD); David Gray (trombone); Johnny 'Blue Hat' Davis (tenor); Andrew Richardson (keys); Rev Parker (bass); Tom Shorten (drums); Gina Lou (vocals).
(Review by Lance).
This band don't take no prisoners - this band. They go for the jugular right from the off. and the Hoochie regulars weren't complaining - Palm Court orchestras not welcome here!
Sing, Sing, Sing somehow merged into Take Five and ended up as George Michael's Never Gonna Dance Again, This is what The Postmodernaires are all about, taking pop classics and transforming them into earlier settings which usually seem to end up as 1950s' rock and roll.
Feeling Good; I'm Losing My Senses (Megadeth?); All About the Bass. Rev Parker and Gina Lou had some nice unison moments on this one and Rev had an excellent solo on the pogo-stick bass.
Sam Smith's I'm Not the Only One featured some good trumpet. The Cardigans' Love me Love, Say That You Love Me - these are all songs that are mainly new to me but Gina Lou sings them well and, with the horns, the arrangements and a stonking rhythm section they sound good. Imelda May provided Big Bad Handsome Man and, like I'm Never Gonna Give You Up and Hold on to What We've Got, the dancers loved them.
During the interval I found myself wishing they weren't quite so full on. Most numbers begin at double forte and end up with a whole lot more fortissimos than any normal eardrum can handle. Also, Gina Lou is a great singer with lots of potential but, I think she doesn't engage with the audience enough - she obviously has the personality to do so.
Minnie the Moocher got the second set rolling, the Dervishes occupied the dance floor and everyone was hi-di-hi-ing and ho-di-ho-ing.
That good old karaoke favourite I Will Survive had a blistering solo from 'Blue Hat' who, along with Gray, repeated the solar plexus punch on The Bare Necessities - 'A tune you will remember from your childhood days' said Gina Lou - I wish! 
The set rolled on eventually pulling two encores. These saw the horns down on the dance-floor and beyond, parading and blowing like as if it was a Lionel Hampton gig. The final Hit the Road Jack had David Gray up in the posh end (the booths) blowing like a man possessed - they don't call him Showtime for nothing!
Entertaining and, maybe, a work in progress? Whatever, catch them when you can.
Lance.

2 comments :

David Gray said...

Quick correction, before this post gains traction: the vocalist for tonight was Gina Lou. Thanks for showing up today, and for the kind words!

Lance said...

Will correct asap. However, does prove my point about lack of communication between band and audience. In fact, it's the first gig I've ever been to where the spieler didn't give a name check!

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