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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Wednesday June 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Alexys de Alfaro & Julija Jacenaite - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, May 07, 2010

Tango Siempre @ The Sage, Gateshead.

Ros Stephen (vln), Bimbi Urquhart (viola), Victor Villena, Julian Rowlands (bandoneon), Jonathan Taylor (pno), Richard Price (bs), Guillermo Rozenthuler (vcl).
It's the 1930s, I'm in a downtown café in Buenos Aires. Sipping a cerveza I watch the gigolo at work. He is smooth, sleek, Satanic. His long sideburns - cut razor-sharp at his prominent cheekbones - give him a look of evil. It is a hypnotic evil of the kind women of a certain age go for.
The band plays a tango, a señora smiles, she blows smoke-rings, they drift towards him, he gives an almost imperceptible nod and they dance.
The tango - the dance of love...
I open my eyes and find I'm not in Argentina but Gateshead - Hall Two of The Sage.
The tables and the gigolo are gone but the music and the atmosphere remain.
In truth, despite the publicity machine, the jazz content in tonight's performance is minimal. However, it is still an enjoyable evening and South America doesn't seem very far away. Tango Siempre capture the mood perfectly and thoroughly deserved the warm applause from the appreciative audience.
Muchos gracias.
Lance

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