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Bebop Spoken There

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.

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Saturday, May 02, 2009

The Harry Allen Heart Foundation

I ambled into one of our local charity shops the other day - see what they had in CDs. There was the inevitable passé pop discs, some classics - Mozart's Greatest Hits, Best of Beethoven, - the usual dross and then...and then...Tommy Whittle. Joy folowed by sadness as it was a disc I already had but then...but then...not one but two discs by Harry Allen!
"A Night At Birdland" morphed the Art Blakey Blue Note cover and had Harry, Randy Sandke, Brian Dee, Len Skeat along with Oliver Jackson on drums.
"How Long Has This Been Going On" retained Jackson on drums; Keith Ingham (pno) and Major Holley (bs) were the others. Harry is surely as a good a mid period tenor player as there is these days (with the possible exception of Vasy) and both discs are superb.
A couple of days later, I re-visited the shop and there was yet another Harry Allen! This time a duet album with Howard Alden on guitar - "I'll Never Be The Same." Magic; and all at £1.99 each.
On my final visit they'd sold out of Harry Allen but did have a Barbara Jay/Tommy Whittle and a Rachael Pennell/Stan Greig with Barnes, A and Adams, B(ruce).
I've got a lot of listening to catch up on.
Lance.

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