We’ve got a nice big ad in the forthcoming issue of NARC. Magazine for both the Jumpin’ On The Terrace gig (July 9th) and Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee at Ernest on July 22nd. We’ve decided to make Jumpin’ On The Terrace a fairly loose affair with guests including Rob Heron, Alex Johnson, Ethan McDermott, Billy Lyre and more popping along to play a few tunes, while Alex is also going to be the guest selecter at Ernest.
Billy Bootleggers is a brand new Toon centre bar – hard by Grainger Street Market underneath Bar 28 on Nelson Street – based on a vintage American dive bar. It looks great in there, the booze is high quality and judging by recent appearances, so are the bands.
And I’m going to be playing some records down there from time to time, starting with a double whammy this bank holiday weekend (Friday 26th and Saturday 27th) from about 11pm when the bands finish till about 2am when we all get thrown out.
Come down, entry is free and it’ll be good times
Thanks to everyone who came down to Ernest on Saturday and made the 3rd Jumpin With Stagger Lee all sorts of fun, and thanks to Rob Heron for hotfooting it over from the coast to guest.
The next Jumpin’ at Ernest will be on July 22nd, but we’ll be on the terrace at the Cumberland Arms on July 9th from 2-7pm – hopefully see you there!
First off, thanks if you came down to the Riddim On The Terrace afternoon at the Cumberland yesterday. The sun was blazing, it was packed, it was a brilliant afternoon.
Thanks to Rob Heron, Rory Smith and Pete Pearson for joining in…
There’s Soul Finger #5 at the Cumberland Arms on July 7th and then I’m going to be back on the Cumberland Arms Terrace on July 9th for Jumpin’ On The Terrace. From 2pm to 7pm I’ll be playing soul, reggae, rhythm & blues, country and whatever the hell else I fancy, probably with a guest selector or two as well. It’s free, it’s family friendly, there’ll be food and the Cumby always has good beer.
On July 22nd I’ll be DJing on the Jumpin’ Hot Stage at SummerTyne Americana down at the Sage and then hotfooting it over the Tyne for Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee #4 at Ernest. No guest confirmed yet, but it’ll be 9pm – 2am, and FREE! And then I’ll be back at the Jumpin’ Hot stage on the Sunday.
We’re hoping to fit in another Riddim On The Terrace before the summer is over, and more Riddim! nights at Ernest too. And Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee at Ernest will keep being roughly every three months.
I was more than pleased to play a couple of slots at last week’s fourth instalment of Soul Finger at the Cumberland Arms, alongside Ethan McDermott and Rob Heron. The usual mix of northern, rhythm and blues, some mod gems and the like. A few people asked if I’d recorded it – like I’m that organised! – but I have recreated it.
A few points: I played two sets, but I’ve joined them into one here; while I know what I played, I can’t remember the order, so this isn’t entirely representative; I’ve left out a couple of tunes that just didn’t work as well as I’d hoped; and since I don’t have my decks set up in the same room at home, this is a digital recreation of a vinyl set. But hey, tunes are tunes, right?
Here’s what I played:
- Darondo – How I Got Over
- Rex Garvin – Sock It To Em JB (Pt 1)
- The Wheels – Clap Your Hands (Pt 1)
- Jimmy Delphs – Dancing A Hole In the World
- The Sapphires – The Slow Fizz
- Bobbi Lynn – Opportunity Street
- Damon Fox – Packing Up
- Betty Moorer – Speed Up
- The Dells – Thinkin’ About You
- Evie Sands – Picture Me Gone
- The Minits – Still A Part Of Me
- Inez Foxx – You Hurt Me For The Last Time
- BW Souls – Marvin’s Groove
- Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk
- Googie Rene Combo – Smokey Joe’s La La
- Fred Williams – The Dance Got Old
- Nappy Brown – Skidy Woe
- Mike Pedecin – Burnt Toast And Black Coffee
- Irma Thomas – Don’t Mess With My Man
- Ike And Tina Turner – A Fool In Love
- Little Willie John – Home At Last
- Dionne Warwick – You Can Have Him
- Jackie Lee – The Duck
- Jackie Lee – The Shotgun And The Duck
- Marsha Gee – Peanut Duck
- Banny Price – You Love Me Pretty Baby
- Tony Tyrone – Please Operator
- Ann Sexton – It’s All Over But The Shouting
- Showstoppers – Ain’t Nothing But A House Party
- The Five Stairsteps – Playgirl’s Love
- Eddie Carlton – It Will Be Done
- Garnett Mimms – All About Love
- Jimmy Delphs – Almost
Before we get round to the next Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee at Ernest on April 29th, there’s the small matter of Riddim!
Taking its cue from a night of the same name I put on at Brixton Windmill sometime in the last decade, Riddim! is a new night hoping to encompass a broad range of Jamaican music – from rocksteady to roots, dub to dancehall – in a non-elitist way, so that people who don’t consider themselves ‘reggae fans’ can come and dance to storming tunes by everyone from Alton Ellis to Althea & Donna, John Holt to Ini Kamoze, The Eternals to Sean Paul. But the selections will be all killer, no filler so the aficionados will love it too.
The night is at Ernest (of course!) on April 1st, and I’ll be joined by Rob Heron (Tea Pad Presents) and Billy Lyre (Ska’d For Life!). It’ll run from 9pm – 2am and it’s absolutely FREE!
There’s a Facebook events page here.
So put on your dancing shoes and BOOGALOO!!
I’m still reeling from a really wonderful second Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee.
People were dancing from the moment we started till the very end. It was busy and friendly and inclusive and just generally fucking lovely. So thanks.
Guest DJ Giovanni Spatuzzi totally got the Jumpin’ ethos and played three storming sets, very much appreciated.
You know the night is going well when the bar staff are running down for a dance. Thanks to Rosie and the Ernest team.
And thanks to the loyal and gorgeous Swing Tyne crowd, who showed everyone how to do The Madison
The next Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee is on April 29th, when Rob Heron will be the guest (and I’ve got a nice list of other cracking DJs who want to join us in the coming months).
Here’s some of what I played, in no particular order. It won’t be complete because I hit the Patron Cafe by midnight and after that… well.
Harry J All Stars – Liquidator
Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
Heavy Trash – Jibber Jabber
Joe Bataan – Subway Joe
Mongo Santamaria – Yeh Yeh
Brian Auger Trinity – Kind Of Love In
The Full Experience – Young, Gifted and Broke
Dick Dale – Misirlou
King Khan & The Shrines – Luckiest Man
Nancy Sinatra – Boots
Bo Junior – Coffee Pot pt 2
Clarence Carter – Snatching It Back
Sandie Shaw – Sympathy for the Devil
Dennis Brown – Money In My Pocket
Toots and the Maytals – Do The Boogaloo
Googie Rene Combo – Smokey Joe’s La La
Xavier Cugat – Watermelon Man
Detroit Cobras – Cha Cha Twist
Betty Davis – If I’m In Luck
Inez Foxx – You Hurt Me For The Last Time
The Meters – Hey Pocky A-Way
Nappy Brown – Skidy Woe
Le Tigre – Hot Topic
Ike And Tina Turner – A Fool For You
Spanky Wilson – Little Things Mean A Lot
Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing
The Box Tops – The Letter
Equals – Police On My Back
Dr John – Rite Away
Eddie K Doe – Mother In Law
Amy Winehouse – You’re Wondering Now
Irma Thomas – Don’t Mess With My Man
Etta James – Tell Mama
The Frightnrs – Nothing More To Say
Corduroy – Motorhead
Jackie Lee – The Shotgun And The Duck
Earl Grant – House of Bamboo
And in the section I like to call “I’m really pissed and I’m going to play those end of the night bangers I always play even though I promise myself I won’t” :
King Curtis – Memphis Soul Stew
Archie Bell – Tighten Up
Robert Parker – Barefootin’
Staples Singers – Slippery People
Shirley Ellis – Soul Time
Melba Moore – Magic Touch
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Ray Bryant Combo – The Madison
Joe South – Walk A Mile In My Shoes
Frankie Valli – The Night
Ray Charles – Don’t Need No Doctor
Elvis – Suspicious Minds
Dobie Gray – Out On The Floor
Bobbie Gentry – Mississippi Delta
Millie Jackson – My Man Is A Sweet Man
So that’s soul, funk, ska, reggae, garage rock, surf, Latin, country, rhythm and blues, Gospel, jazz, rocksteady, New Orleans brass, rockabilly, mod, sorta-punk and a bunch of things that don’t really fit a genre. And that’s without Giovanni’s selections.
And to me, THAT’S what Jumpin’ is about. Not wilful obscurantism, not genre rules, not “two strollers followed by two boppers”. Just great tunes…
See you in April
Here’s a short mix to give people a flavour of the kind of tunes I’ll be playing on Saturday at the second Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee at Ernest.
- Aretha Franklin – Soulville
- What’s Happening – Hot Buttered Buns
- Harry J Allstars – The Liquidator
- The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
- The Wanderers – Shadrack, Meshack & Abednego
- Nappy Brown – Skiddy Woe
- The Googie Rene Combo – Smokey Joe’s La La
- Ramsay Lewis Trio – Wade In The Water
- Sugar Pie DeSanto – In The Basement Pt 1
- U-Roy – Wear You To The Ball
- The Frightnrs – I’d Rather Go Blind
- Them – I Can Only Give You Everything
- Detroit Cobras – Cha Cha Twist
- Sonia – Aqui En Mi Nube
- The Rolling Stones – Under My Thumb
- Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing
- Betty Davis – Born On The Bayou
- Honey Cone – One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show
- Dusty Springfield – All The King’s Horses
- Jackie Wilson – Soul Galore
A bit late with this – Christmas malaise and all that – but I’m back at Ernest next weekend (Saturday 21st) for the second Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee.
It’ll be the same excellent blend of soul, rhythm & blues, reggae, funk, gospel, ska, psych and such as usual, and this time we’ll be joined by the mighty Giovanni Spatuzzi.
And I’ll definitely be playing this