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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.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Funkalleros @ Hoochie Coochie

Graham Hardy (tpt); Paul Edis (keys); Neil Harland (bs); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Graham Hardy, last seen at Hoochie four days previous with Hannabiell and Midnight Blue (Graham also played with NCRO at Tynemouth earlier that same day), fronted 3 fellow A - Listers for a pulsating couple of sets of pure funk.

The show opened with an explosive trumpet fanfare so powerful I expected someone to run in carrying the Olympic Torch - and it would have been appropriate - as Hardy went into a marathon solo reaching near stratospheric heights on Freddie Hubbard's Red Clay. Hubbard is, I guess, one of his influences and the evening had a late Hubbard Blue Note feel to it.
Bill Evan's Funkallero, the inspiration for the band's name, saw Neil Harland put in some wild licks - Daddy Cool was now Daddy Hot!
Paul Edis at the Virtual Hammond contributed his own brand of funk with his own composition - In The Pocket. These guys can, seemingly, turn their hand to whatever style is demanded of them.
Over There, a dirge-like tune that, nonetheless, gradually built up to an almost hypnotic climax via more bravura trumpet playing and compelling rhythmic intensity from Walker.
Other highlights included a Wayne Shorter number, some Hardy originals and a tune by Neil Harland! Yes Neil The Bass is also Neil The Composer - he'll be singing next!
This was, I think, their first gig and I was impressed. It's asking a lot for a trumpet player to take centre stage without a front-line partner but he did it and did it well. The chops were in good shape.
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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