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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

King Bee @ Hoochie Coochie - Dec. 23

Jason Holcomb (tmb); Richard Burns (tpt); Chris Jelly (vbs); David Wilde (ten/bar/fl); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Marco Cafolla (keys); Brendan Murphy (perc); Dan Brady (bs); Paul Crown (dms) + Graham Hardy (tpt).
(Review by Lance).
They had a ball - we had a ball. If this is Xmas? Let's have it every week never mind every year! Hoochie was full of festive cheer, antler adorned 'airstyles, tinsel everywhere even the band added to the glitter with the band manager's missis' sparkly top just outshining Dave Wilde's green waistcoat! Trumpet player Richard confessed he'd spent a fiver on more sparkly stuff most of which was woven around his trumpet - these Aussie's sure know how to push the boat out! Brendan wore an elfish hat and beards abounded (real ones!)
Which only leaves the music.
Manager Les described it as - "It's not jazz and it's not funk"
Who cares? It's funkin' good!
Dave Wilde, despite the waistcoat, blew some wild tenor, baritone and flute. Chris Jelly? Show me a better vibes player. Stevie G - we've heard him many times - he never let's us down. Jason blows trombone like as though he was born with a  silver slide in his mouth. Brendan (he can make a triangle swing!), Richard, Dan, Paul - you're the top. Throw in former band member Graham Hardy for a couple of numbers, Marco on keys and the Wow factor is plenty high on the Richter scale!
Band of the Year? Venue of the Year? Party of the Year?
No contest!
Lance.

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