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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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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 :

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

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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