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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators @ Hoochie Coochie May 30

Nicole Willis (vocal); Tomas Quilliam (trombone/flute) ? trumpet/flugel; Antti Määttäne (organ/percussion); Didier Selin (guitar);  Sami Kantelinen (bass guitar); Jukka Säräp (drums).
(Photo by Joe Boss Fowler)
Ms Willis gave a stirring performance without a lot of movement but a lot of voice. With a trilby hat jammed tight on her head and horn-rimmed specs she bore no resemblance to the photos on the LP covers adorning the walls. However the voice did!
I didn't catch the names of all of the Investigators but they were masters of their craft. Tom Quilliam, as well as putting in a shift on slide, also played some tasty flute. Trumpet switched to flugel as the occasion demanded and the keyboard man played some of the wildest organ this side of Preston (Billy) as well as flipping out on bongos, congos and other 'gos.
The crowd loved it and the dance floor wasn't deserted!
Nice one Warren - keep 'em coming!
(Maybe more photos to follow...)
Lance.

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