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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.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Nany Swing - C'est Magnifique

Fabienne Dondard (Acc/vcl), Phillips Gugnier (lead gtr) Bernard Anthérieu (rhythm gtr/clt), Jérome Nicolas (ten/clt), Yves Buffetrille (bs).
Close your eyes and you're in a club on the Left Bank or maybe a waterfront café in Marseilles. Open your eyes and, providing the music's still playing, you're still sipping a cognac and nodding your head appreciatively in time to the music. When the music stops you're back in the Saville Exchange - a converted old church in North Shields.
Nany Swing are one of the better kept secrets of the jazz world - surely they cannot remain a secret for much longer? I'm reminded in many ways of when WASO arrived some 30 years ago - so different to anything else in the contemporary traditional world.
Despite difficulties in getting from Nimes to Marseilles to Paris to England due to fog and disappearing luggage - giving promoter Mike Durham such concern that he had the Rae Brothers on standbye - Le tout ensemble gave it 110%.
Tonight's gig saw a new tenor/clarinet player in Jérome Nicolas as well as a different bass player. Jérome has liberated himself from the Bechet vibrato - something few French reedmen manage - and is clearly in the Artie/Benny bag. His tenor playing sits comfortably in the swing era with a nice clear sound and a lot of drive.
Lead guitar and rhythm guitar push things along nicely whilst the bassman - who reminds me of WASO's former bassman - keeps the ship steady.
La Chanteuse Fabienne sings delightfully in French even though I haven't a clue what the words mean! The effect thus is of another instrument. Fabienne is also an ace button key accordianist.
So it isn't all totally jazz? So what? It's pretty damn close most of the time and when it isn't it's still fine by me.
The whole experience can be repeated at Gosforth's Trinity Centre tomorrow (Saturday).
Lance

1 comment :

George said...

Trinity Saturday.
What more can one say? This band is absolutely brilliant. Please keep us all informed as to when they return. Perhaps we shouldn't let them go!

George