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16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Monday, December 30, 2013

T.J. Muller's Honky Tonk Jazz Band @ Hoochie Coochie. December 29.

T.J. Muller (tpt/vcl); Paddy Darley (tmb); Oly Clarkson (clt); Barry Hart (vln); Ben Fitzgerald (gtr); Tom Fletcher (pedal steel); K.D. Harbot (bs); Paul Archibald (dms); Iuthe Muller (vcls).
(Review by Lance/photo from T.J. Muller's archives).
Last Saturday night I was watching the review Café Society Swing in a London theatre. It told the story of the Café Society night club that flourished in New York either side of World War 2. Tonight I was back there, or so it seemed! This was Hoochie's Sunday Night Stomp and it was a delightful and enlightening experience.
You want young guys blowing trad/swing? Look no further than tonight. Some folk despair at young, ultra talented musicians, playing '50s hard bop - what they will make of these equally young, equally talented musicians playing Dixieland beggars belief! However, Beethoven still seems to be hanging on in there in the classical world so why shouldn't Bix and Bird continue to provide fodder in the jazz world?
This was a happy session - Good Time Jazz played with enthusiasm and no lack of technique. The dancers had taken over the floor before the band started - jiving, jitterbugging, lindyhopping, bopping and rocking to vintage sounds from the '20s to the '50s.
It was educational watching the dancers react to the music - listening and interpreting - becoming a part of it.
Never thought I'd see young persons dancing to the Dipsy Doodle in 2013!
Trumpetman Muller leads by example blowing a powerful lead and soloing with panache as well as throwing in a few vocals although most of the words were provided by the trumpet player's sister Iuthe. She looks and sounds not unlike the legendary, late, Sheila Giles. The rest are in there pitching with Djangolic touches from guitar and violin, booting tenor sax, mellow trombone, effective pedal steel, bass and a drum kit that looked as if it might have begun life in the Confederate Army whilst marching through Georgia. Paul Archibald applied his technique to it with much skill and he couldn't have sounded better on the latest Gretsch kit!
Amazingly, this was their first public performance as the Honky Tonk Jazz Band although they have also played as The Dixie Six and the Gramophone Jass Band as well as an association with Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra so not entirely unfamiliar with each other!
A fitting end to the year.
Lance.

3 comments :

Ray Robson said...

The Hoochie came up trumps again ...having first got hooked On Rob Heron & TP Orch there, & loving the monthly Sunday stomps, we could not resist this nite ...Muller & the guys did a great set, espec the lively end numbers ....its such a treat to see the place jumping & all those fab dancers enjoying the music...keep up the good work Hoochie !

Unknown said...

We sure had a ball; it won't be the last they see of us, that's for sure!!

Oly Clarkson of the After Hours Quintet

Steve Johnson said...

Wandered into Hoochie expecting our usual lashings of soul and funk last sunday night. After the initial shock of hearing a trad jazz band on stage I have got to admit we enjoyed the music and the energy of the dozens of young people on the dance floor..Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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