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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Hoochie Coochie

Graham Hardy, Alistair Lord (tpts); David Gray, Mark Ferris (tmb); Jamie Toms (sax); Phil Rosier (tuba); Nik Alevroyiannis (snare drum); Brendan Murphy (bs dm).
(Review by Lance).
This was one of those fun nights that make all the gig-going worthwhile. The youthful audience (well most of them were youthful) were somewhat taken aback when the Northern Monkey Brass Band formerly known as Horndogs marched through the hall playing What a Friend We Have in Jesus (Was this a reference to Alistair Lord?) A young lady standing nearby did indeed mouth "Jesus!" However, by the time the tempo had upped and the band were on stage the girl was dancing and did so for the rest of the set. It's always  a good sign when folk are dancing to jazz - it lets the outside world know that it isn't necessary to sit in reverential silence to enjoy good jazz.
Firmly ensconced on stage the Monkey Band delved back into their past for Horndoggin' followed by Big and Brassy which featured second trumpet Alistair Lord who hit some notes that must have been close to home (up there).
The Star Wars theme had more dancers on the floor and St. James Infirmary simply oozed the pathos and passion that you couldn't imagine getting from The RVI or The Freeman.
Leader Hardy played some feisty solos as did David Gray who seems to improve with each hearing. Toms the Tenor impressed but the nod I think went to the tuba player, Phil Rosier whose solo on Funky Pie did things that tubas aren't supposed to do in respectable company - amazing! Equally amazing was Nik A's snare drum solo helped along by Brendan's bass drum - who needs a full kit? - I can't remember if this was the first or the second encore but the crowd would have settled happily for a third! Instead the band marched off into the Gloryland.
A mind-blowing night.
Lance.

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