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Gil Goldstein: "The first three days I was in Florida, I heard Jaco Pastorius play at a club in Fort Lauderdale, and then I heard Pat [Metheny] play in a class on jazz composition. My whole experience of the world changed in those three days." - (DownBeat, March 2020).


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Today Wednesday February 26


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


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL£ 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

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

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

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Fantastic Fantastics @ Hoochie Coochie. Sunday Jan. 29

Greg Boramon (org/key); Pete Collison (gtr); Raydn Hunter (bs); Mark Norton (ten/fl/perc); James Smith (dms); ? (perc); Suleen Fleming (vcl).
Was it Jazz? Was it Funk? Was it Soul? Was it R 'n' B? Was it Rock 'n Roll?
The answer is Yes on all counts! Add a touch of Latin and maybe some Fusion and the result is the aptly named band The Fantastics.
This was quite a night as they roared off in a funky groove that was rock solid. The drive was incredible. Saxman Norton took to the floor and marched round the room his semi-suburban exterior concealing a musical madness that erupted with each solo he blew. He could walk the bar in New Orleans - or Newcastle. The Hammond sound of Boramon - a tiger calling for his mate - increased the tension and then, just as it seemed they could get no higher Suleen exploded onto the stage and the six became seven - a Magnificent Seven!
"If you don't dance it means you're dead and nobody told you" said Boramon and soon the floor was full of gyrating lads, lasses and bar owners as Suleen strutted her stuff like Tina Turner. Singing, shouting, screaming, and shaking it. This was some night AND IT WAS FREE!
PS: Oh yes and Norton also played flute and wailed a mean blues harp. Collinson put down some riveting solos as well as playing jazzy riffs with Norton. Bass, drums and unidentified percussionist knocked out hypnotic rhythms, latin beats, funky grooves - they gave it the punch.

1 comment :

Pete said...

Ehhh! Thanks - "unidentified percussionist" was / is Mark Claydon