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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Boys of Brass @ Hoochie Coochie - Dec. 22

Damon Britton (vcls); Steven Symonds, Rob McBurnie (tpts); John Rudkin (mellophonium); Chris Bentham (tmb); Phil Rosier (tuba); Phil Richardson (keys); Dave McKeague (dms); Beth Macari (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Forget about the jazz! This was a hoot - a.k.a. entertainment! Covers of 1960's pop, lot's of motown, soul and funk and how many bands do you know that use a mellophonium? No saxes, guitars or double basses just brass, brass, brass, brass, brass, keys, drums and vocals.
Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, Stevie Wonder, Stealers Wheel, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson - just some of the legends recreated by Britton and Macari. Despite the five strong horn section there were few solos although the brassmen certainly made there presence felt in support. Richardson played piano standing up and McKeague played drums sitting down giving the band, any band he plays in, the required lift.
Britton and Macari shared the vocals both singly and duo-wise. Both gelled.
The Hoochie's crowded the floor for numbers such as I Heard it on the Grapevine; I Just Want to Make Love to  You; Superstitious; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; In the Midnight Hour; Knock on Wood; Cry me a River; Fever; Stuck in the Middle With You; Ain't no Mountain Higher; All Night Long; Hard to Handle; She's So Fine; Blame it on the Boogie and a host of others - it was Radio Caroline revisited!
Quite a party and tonight we do it all over again with King Bee - same time, same station, same venue.
Photos.
Lance.

1 comment :

Patti D. said...

Oh yes - Brighton's Starlight club revisited for the night too! Just sorry I had to leave early for my carriage .......