Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Jazz band whip the crowd into a frenzy

The final Saturday night of this year's Out to Lunch festival helped close the 2014 programme in riotous fashion.

Thankfully, it was nothing to do with flag protests, bomb scares or supposedly Bible-mocking plays.

Instead, it was Manchester's incomparable Riot Jazz Brass Band, assembled on the Black Box stage, ready to drop a party bomb on the crowd.

Like a brass-wielding Happy Mondays, or Oasis if they'd grown up listening to James Brown rather than the Beatles, the Mancunians whipped the sold-out audience into a frenzy.

Their fiery arsenal of jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop hit the spot, keeping the fans' feet stomping as they lobbed out one high-energy number after another. An MC by the name of Chunky commandeered proceedings out front, adding a bit of 21st-century attitude to the band's New Orleans-inspired sound, while the musicians rocked hard around him.

Horns and drums clashed to make a glorious din on a series of songs from the group's debut album, Sousamaphone.

There were also some characterful re-workings of classic tracks by the likes of A-Ha, Bon Jovi and Marvin Gaye.

The common thread throughout the evening was fun, with the Riot Jazz Brass Band proving to be the ultimate good-time act. These mouthy Mancs are a bunch of guys who really know how to rip up a venue.

ANDREW JOHNSTON

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