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14264 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 83 this month (May 26).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 28: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Jam session @ Fabio's Bar, Durham. 8:00pm. A Durham Uni Jazz Soc event. All welcome.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.


Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: The Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Walled Garden, Gibside National Trust, NE16 6BG. 12.30 - 3.30pm.
Thu 02: (CANCELLED THIS WEEK ONLY!) Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 02: House of the Back Gardenia @ Gilsland Village Hall. 7:00pm.
Thu 02: The Blues Band @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 02: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. Featured performers: Tony Bevan & Williwaw. 7:30pm. Free admission (donations). Upstairs.
Thu 02: Atom Eyes @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:00pm.
Fri 03: Sam Braysher Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Braysher, Matyas Gayer, John Williamson.
Fri 03: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00.
Fri 03: Lee Bates @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Friday, April 08, 2022

The Jazz Defenders @ Hoochie Coochie - April 7

George Cooper (piano); Jihad Darwish (bass/bass guitar); Ian Matthews (drums); Nick Malcolm (trumpet); Jake McMurchie (tenor sax).

It could have been Birdland in New York or  the Down Beat in Newcastle but it wasn't although it was in Newcastle - Hoochie Coochie, where else? The Jazz Defenders were in town bringing with them the spirit of those Blue Note years when the Jazz Messengers were putting bums on seats at the former and the EmCee Five doing the same at the latter. Driving hard bop with the punch and power of funkin' soul added to the mix which, I think, was how Hoochie's head honcho described it although I could have misheard him!

The Defenders don't take no prisoners, don't carry no passengers and don't play, as Warren would say, no funkin' ballads. The last band I heard who kicked ass like this was the Tommy Chase Quartet and that was nigh on 40 years ago! But even they were like a Palm Court ensemble by comparision. 

With the exception of Horace Silver's Filthy McNasty, all the numbers were by pianist/leader Cooper who's compositional skills are only exceeded by his phenomenal keyboard technique (or vice versa). Many of them were from their latest album King Phoenix (review shortly) which is a must have. The two horns could cut it any place from here to eternity via Soho, Manhattan, Detroit, Philly, Chicago or L.A. Maybe even Timbuktu. Darwish stepped in on bass at a moment's notice switching from acoustic to electric as the occasion demanded. He ticked all the boxes and then some. Likewise, drummer Matthews began where most drummers end - he's something else!

One thing I like about Hoochie is that people dance and have fun. They certainly did all that.

I know we are only just into April so it's probably a bit premature to start talking about it being the gig of the year but, come New Year's Eve it must surely be in the frame and, if it's not, join the queue outside Fenwick's window - private joke, don't ask! Lance


Russell said...

Fantastic gig! Lance, I think you heard Hooochie Coochie's Main Man hollering something similar to 'funkin' brilliant'! Come the end of the year, if the gig isn't in the frame it'll be a real bummer (private joke!).

Sylvia said...

Ok…I will admit it…it’s my ass on the line!…but I’m definitely not expecting to have to show it…fabulous gig!

Unknown said...

Wow thanks for such lovely words Lance! It was a real pleasure and privilege to play for you all at Hoochie, we thoroughly enjoyed it 💥

James Watson said...

Amazing gig! Completely blew me away. I was expecting it to be good but this was on another level!
Bought the new album from the band after, it’s truly outstanding.

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