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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Bad Ass Brass Band @ Hoochie Coochie. Oct. 4.

Five members of Ashington Jazz Club travelled to Newcastle which was overrun with French football fans. We arrived at Hoochie to find that Lance’s team from the dugout were at an away match at Blaydon. Warren very kindly gave us the posh leather seats which were reserved for a party who did not turn up. The ladies in our group had forgotten their brollies but still got up dancing from the first number. The atmosphere around Bad Ass Brass was simply amazing! From the moment they came on stage their incredible energy was contagious and their performance was fantastic from start to finish.
Bad Ass Brass is comprised of some of the UK’s finest brass players and jazz musicians who are busy working on the London music scene in jazz bands, West End shows, big bands and orchestras and you could feel their strong sense of friendship which results in an electric presence on stage. They play an eclectic mix of tunes with influences from all styles of jazz
Such a strong line up comprising drums, sousaphone, three trumpets, trombone , tenor/soprano/flute and baritone/alto The little girl on baritone had a one leg stand to rest her instrument on which I think she said had been made by her granddad. The baritone was nearly as tall as her!
The band are on a national tour, complete with band bus and all. How does Warren do it? By far the best night at Hoochie for a long time.
John T.

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