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Today Wednesday November 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Scott Wall - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

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

Evening

Jazz

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

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

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.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Martha High and Speedometer @ Hoochie Coochie. Thursday Feb. 23.

Martha High (vcl); Ria Currie (vcl); Male vocal ?; Leigh Gracey (gtr/perc); Neil Penny (tpt); Matt McKay (fl/alt/bar); Simon Jarrett (ten); Richard Hindes (bs); Matt "Wildman" Wilding (congas); keyboards? Drums?
My apologies for the shambolic personnel details - the band's website isn't easy to negotiate - or maybe I'm just thick! Hopefully I'll work it all out eventually....
Nevertheless, this was a stonking gig!
It was non-stop funk but with lots of jazz flute and sax from McKay with tenor bursts from Jarrett. Great vocals from Currie and the guy whose name I couldn't find. Then, when you thought it couldn't get no higher, it got higher - literally!
Enter Martha High.
After thirty years on the road with James Brown it only took thirty seconds for Martha to capture the Hoochies and the Coochies. The temperature rose, the dance floor pulsated and everyone boogied (well nearly everyone!)
This was Gladys Knight, it was Tina Turner, it was the Vandellic Martha it was everything. The band beat out a throbbing rhythm, the horn section were as tight as it gets and the explosion when it all came together was something else.
I reckon I'll get back to normal adrenalin levels round about Easter!
Photos.
Lance.

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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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Lance