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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Booker T. Jones @ Sage Gateshead - February 26

Booker T. Jones (guitar/B3/vocals); Ted Jones (guitar/vocals); Lawrence Shaw (bass guitar); Darian Grey (drums/vocals).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Russell).

Booker T on a jazz blog? Why not? His soulful sounds and vocals are closer to jazz than many of the so-called names headlining at a lot of jazz festivals worldwide. Proof that genre boundaries are becoming much less defined which is how it should be. 

The great man played Hammond, guitar, sang and gave a musical synopsis of his life. He may not have had his legendary M.G.'s but tonight's band certainly weren't Ford Anglias. The groove was in from the moment they let the clutch out.

A choice selection of hits with the biggest reaction given, not surprisingly, to Green Onions (as well as being Booker T's 'greatest hit' it's currently the soundtrack to a Birdseye TV ad!)


Other classics included Soul Limbo; Summertime (!); Born Under a Bad Sign; Knockin' on Heaven's Door; Purple Rain; Hip Hug Her (vocal by Grey); Melting Pot; Everything is Everything; Time is Tight and When Something's Wrong With My Baby.

90 minutes - maybe more - of nonstop action flew by in no time at all. On guitar, Ted Jones, Booker's son, impressed with some sizzling solos and vocals often duetting with dad whilst Shaw's bass guitar solo on, I think, Melting Pot drew the only mid-number applause of the evening. It was worth it.

A very enjoyable set that would have been fantastic if it had been in the more intimate surrounds of Sage Two or at a small club with a dance floor.
Lance.

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