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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.

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Splinter @ The Bridge.

Nick Pride (gtr/vcl), David Wilde (ten/fl), Keith Nicholson (tpt), Chris Hibbard (tmb), Ian Pattinson (bs), Oz Cassidy (dms).
This is just about as tight a band as you'll find in a long day's stomp. What you see is what you get - precision playing covering many genré but, whether it be Soul, Funk, Hip-hop, Blues or Reggae there is a jazz groove running through like the lettering in a stick of Whitley Bay Rock ('n Roll).
The 'Pimps aren't a band dependent on virtuoso soloists rattling off a 1000 choruses whilst saying 'look at me aren't I clever?' They're a band that lets the power of the ensembles and the closely knit arrangements do the talking.
Having said that, there were moments to remember such as David Wilde's flute playing and his tenor solos totally immersed into whatever idiom. Keith and Chris (depping for Alex Leathard) had fewer solos but blew good on what they had. Drummer Cassidy drove the band like as though there were no tomorrow and maybe there isn't but Pattinson the bass had his feet firmly entrenched in today providing the melodic pulse that said bass doesn't have to be boring.
Leader Nick kept the whole shebang together playing guitar masterfully, singing minimally and spieling microphonically.
Everybody should have been dancing and I did notice Zoe (Gilby) shaking it about a bit and even Paul Bream waggled his ears!
Another good night and another good crowd.
Photos.
Next week the Sonny Simmons Quartet.
Lance.

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