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Lou Donaldson: "(On Art Blakey) Everything changed. Especially when the women came in, sat down in the front row, and raised their skirts above their knees. Then the drums got louder, the tempos got faster, and every tune was a drum solo" - (JazzTimes, November 2019.)

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Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two.

Sold Out!

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft Boys - 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.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Marlena Shaw - The Sage - Jan 28. Report by Jim McD.

There is something of the raunchy, good-time girl, about Marlena Shaw which instantly connects with the audience; Dee Dee Bridgewater and Tina Turner also have this 'hipnotic' appeal.
Backed by her 'Dream Team', a quintet reminiscent of the Grover Washington band of the 1970's who laid down juicy Hammond chords, funky bass lines and lyrical passages from tenor sax or flute, Marlena served up a cocktail of Soul, Gospel and Blues. With proportionate measures of R&B, Funk and Disco added, the heady brew was both shaken and stirred with such verve that the result was a potion that intoxicated her audience to such a degree that they would have followed her anywhere.
Although not a night of straight ahead Jazz - more a mixture of 'Grooves' - the highlight for me was a tour de force rendition of Lionel Hampton's 'Hey-ba-ba-re-bop' that really set the place on fire. An evening of musical adventure then with Marlena's charisma winning through to the last chorus!
Previously, local act 'Damascus' played their own brand of Soul and were well received.
Jim.

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