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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guests Don Fairley (trombone) & Maureen Hall (vocals).

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

Friday, June 27, 2014

Lonnie Liston Smith @ Hoochie Coochie June 26

Lonnie Liston Smith (keys/vcl); Tabitha Pearson (vcl); Samir Moulay (gtr); Gary Grainger (bs); Greg Grainger (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo top right by Joe Boss Fowler).

This was one of those fantastic nights where I didn't bother making notes but just let the sound waft over me - like a Force 9 'wafts'! And what a waft of sound! Full on and totally integrated. 
Amazing drummer, brilliant guitar soloist and a bass guitarist whose middle name is surely GOD! Lonnie Liston didn't sing but Tabitha Pearson did and how! Tabitha has a range that reaches up into the rafters and beyond to an area where only dogs can hear - lucky dogs! Elsewhere, I've read of comparisions with Minnie Ripperton but Tabitha is earthier than Minnie whilst working in the same incredible compass.
As for Lonnie, what can one say except that he got some great sounds from the two keyboards and fully justified his starring role.
But this wasn't about five people, it was about six.
Warren Thomson, the guy who makes things happen at Hoochie...
Lance

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