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Today Tuesday April 23

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Budtet - The Fox, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

CD Review: Sarah Reich - New Change.

Tap dancing is generally regarded as 80%visual and 20% aural maybe less. Tap dancing, like drum solos, is one of those things that bring the house down on the night but, in the cold light of morning, when heard on record, often loses the excitement. As indeed do so many things, come the dawn...
Seeing a drummer hitting everything in sight at a phenomenal speed is terrific. the sticks a blur, the body language, it's one of those things - nobody ever left a Buddy Rich concert raving about the trumpets or the saxes, good as they were.
Likewise with tap dancers. They execute with their feet what drummers do with their sticks. Again, it's not the same on record - or is it?
Enter Sarah Reich.
Sarah, performer, choreographer, instructor, composer, and a regular with Postmodern Jukebox could change all that. The way she integrates her pedal extremities into the ensembles is magic - every band should have a Sarah Reich!
An assortment of A-list accompanists and vocalists provide the support that makes this something more than a novelty. Sax solos, trumpet blasts, boppish arrangements, drums and taps exchanging fours, and inter-track summaries by fellow tap enthusiasts make this all rather special. Sarah wants to be the first tap dancer to win a Grammy Award. 
Don't bet against it!
Lance.

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