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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Hoochie - Feb. 12

Graham Hardy (tpt/vcl), Alistair Lord (tpt); David Gray, Mark Ferris (tmb); Sue Ferris (ten); Phil Rosier (tuba); Brendan Murphy (bs dm); Russ Morgan (sn dm).
(Review by Lance).
They were hooching, they were cooching, they were romping, they were stomping, they were dancing, they were prancing they were having a ball - and that was just the audience! The band were also getting their kicks without hitting Route 66. This was the business, gut busting solos, tight ensembles, rocket fuelled rhythm. 
Take the traditional Tyneside song Waters of Tyne; it began flowing gently but ended up to become the Mississippi Delta at the height of the hurricane season.
This was just one of the highlights of which there were plenty! The publicity promised a Mardi Gras experience and that's what we got as the band paraded around the room! Why go to New Orleans when you can go to New Castle?
Rosier - the Cat Anderson of the tuba - was incredible whilst Murphy and Morgan were incredible plus! The horns bypassed the moon and aimed for distant galaxies with the Theme from Star Wars.
Singing comes with the territory for jazz trumpet players and Graham Hardy is a great jazz trumpet player. Sue Ferris, depping for Jamie Toms who was over at the Caff, may be a kitten offstage but stick a tenor  sax between her lips and she becomes a wildcat holding her own with the best of them.
Lord too had his moments on trumpet although he didn't sing. David Gray, the earthier of the two slidemen, and Mark Ferris the smoother, rounded off the front line. Both made invaluable contributions.
Even now, 11 hours later, I'm still on Bourbon Street (A.K.A Pilgrim Street).


rockingmagpie said...

I agree 100% a night full of surprises; and all pleasant �� good to see a varied mix of ages on the dancefloor too.

Jumpin' Hot Club (on Twitter) said...

We very much concur.

Graham Hardy (on F/b) said...

Thanks for the great review Lance

Patti D (on F/b) said...

Yes - a fantastic review - and what a brilliant gig, Graham! More, please .....

Patti said...

Excellent repertoire too - great to hear a funked up Video Killed The Radio Star - that was a surprise!

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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