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Today Saturday January 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Early Bird Band - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 11:00am.

Evening

Adrian Cox Quartet - Watchtower Gallery, West End, Berwick TD15 2HE. 8:00pm. £10.00. Cox touring new CD ‘Now is Spring’.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Ray Stubbs R & B All-Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Sunday, October 02, 2011

Nick Pride & The Pimptones @ Hoochie Coochie

Nick Pride (gtr/vcl); Ian Paterson (bs); Oscar Cassidy(dms); Keith Nicholson (tpt); John Wheeler (ten); Susan Hamilton (vcl).
Horses For Courses was the expression that sprang to mind as The Pimptones sent the crowded Hoochie Coochie into orbit with their brand of jazz/funk/soul/blues - with even a splash of hip hop. The cool dudes in their slick grey suits looked and sounded perfectly in tune with their young(ish) audience and band and venue was truly a match made in heaven  (or thereabouts).
On tenor, John Wheeler (depping for or replacing David Wilde?) had no problem getting to grips with the music if not the choreography - he blew some blistering solos. Likewise Keith Nicholson - I'd like to hear him on a pure jazz gig sometime. Leader Nick played some earthy blues and sang some too. Ian Paterson provided the fuel in the cellar whilst Oz Cassidy, who I thought was Adam Sinclair until I saw Adam Sinclair standing next to me at the bar!, drove things along ensuring nobody slept.
The icing on the cake was Susan Hamilton who belted it out like Tina Turner - impressed.
As an encore the boys jammed to a couple of voiceover tracks that kept the adrenalin (and the London Pride) flowing.
Come back soon.
Lance.
PS: The band's current CD - Midnight Feast of Jazz will be reviewed here soon.

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