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16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 28: Pete Tanton’s Chet Set @ Warkworth War Memorial Hall. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Paul Edis @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 28: Ant Law, Alex Hitchcock, Jasper Høiby & Sun-Mi Hong @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm. £15.40., £13.20.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Jason Isaacs Big Band @ Hoochie Coochie - Dec. 12

Well you didn't have to go to Luton for a good night out, you didn't even have to go to Leicester - particularly not to Leicester! You're best bet tonight was Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle or, maybe I was at the Sands, on The Strip in Vegas? When Jason Isaacs hit the deck with The Lady is a Tramp, if you'd closed your eyes, you'd have been standing at the bar drinking Jack Daniels and wondering if you could recoup your losses at the tables.

No gambling at Hoochie, it's all fun and excitement and vocals that lay waste to most of today's crooners.

The band, like most bands, had been off the road for a couple of years and even with a few deps it didn't show.

The arrangements were delivered as powerful as ever - how a band this size can recreate the originals by Riddle, Quincy etc. is just incredible.

Frank, Dean, Sammy, Elvis and the usual suspects were all well-represented and, let's face it, nobody does it better.

Everybody danced - it was that kind of night - Jason blew more tenor than usual. A blast on Tequila hit a groove that went down well, he gets an earthy sound.

The inevitable Elvis Trilogy got the audience going and even though Jason said that Lance, in his review, will call it sh--e he got it wrong - delete the last letter! However, I have to agree with Jason that the power of the ensemble in the finale made up for it.

There were, I think, 26 songs over the two sets. I'm not going to list them you can probably do it for me but one that stood out for me was The Way You Look Tonight. That line, Keep that breathless charm, is the most beautifully descriptive line in any song even though when Fred Astaire sang it to Ginger who was in the next room he was unaware that her face was covered in cream - magic!

A great night - it was worth digging out my suit even though, for some inexplicable reason, it seems to have shrunk but, tonight was a night for the suit, me and most of the crowd agreed - jeans just wouldn't have cut it ... Lance

Jason Isaacs (vocals/tenor sax); Darren Irwin, Dave Hignett (trumpets); Keiran Parnaby (trombone); Niall Armstrong (alto sax/clarinet/flute); Alan Marshall (tenor sax/clarinet/flute); Stu Collingwood (piano); Neil Harland (bass); Simon Ferry (drums).


Sylvia said...

I was there
And I can swear
I saw Lance

Keith Chatton said...

Fantastic night, couldn't fault it... Epic

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