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Today Friday March 22

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening.

CANCELLED!

Quay Quartet - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 7:30pm. £5.00. New band led by Callum Mellis.

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Crooners - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £22.50.(£20.00. concs).

Blues

Howlin' Rick & the Rocketeers - 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.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Boys of Brass @ Hoochie Coochie - Nov. 16

(Review by Lance).
Pop and soul and rock 'n' roll a-plenty with soul being the dominating force from a band that had the floor awash with more gyrating bodies than you'd find at a Dervish convention.

Despite the powerful horn section few, if any, of the brassmen had more than a 4 bar break concentrating instead on providing the easily identifiable ensemble backing to Thornley's cover vocals.


Unusual to see a mellophonium although I remember when Stan Kenton had a whole section of them in the early '60s - hadn't seen one since!

Ian Wynd, depping for Dave McKeague, did a sterling job powering the horns and the vocals along with drive and precision.

Thornley is a good frontman his vocals in step with the originals and his guitar-playing hits just the right groove.
Among the dance floor classics were Any Love; You to me are Everything; Great God in Heaven I Love You; Play That Funky Music; All Night Long; Hold Back the Night; Land of a 1000 Dances; It's Not Unusual; Dancing in the Street; Superstition; Proud Mary; I Will Survive and Living La Vida Loca - not a Cole Porter in sight!

Memories of my misspent youth flashed by as the bodies did the Mashed Potato or was it the Watusi? I also wondered why there are invariably more women than men on the dance-floor? Possibly it's because the men don't have handbags to dance around.
So although it wasn't a jazz night, it was an enjoyable night.
Lance

Ben Thornley (vocals, guitar); Robert McBurnie, Steven Symonds (trumpets); Chris Bentham (trombone); John Philip Rudkin (mellophonium); Phil Rosier (tuba); Ian Wynd (drums). 

1 comment :

Patti said...

Another top band - another booty shaking Hoochie Coochie night! I did wonder how many of the booty shakers noticed the brass line up - and thought to themselves 'Goodness me - is that really a mellophonium?" I've always liked shaking about a bit to 'Play That Funky Music' - it was a massive number one hit for Wild Cherry, a fairly pedestrian rock band. And I like the background story to the song - not the fact that it was a bit of a rip off from 'Fire' by the Ohio Players ....... but the one about the band playing a gig in Philadelphia at the start of the disco boom - the crowd was getting restless, and apparently a black guy in the audience shouted out 'Play some funky music, white boys'. The band leader, Rob Parrisi, remembered - and wrote the hit song. I was lucky enough to hear Prince sing it at his Glasgow Hydro concert in 2014!

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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.)
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