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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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Monday, October 04, 2010

Angie King/Roy Williams - Somerton House Hotel Lockerbie Jazz Festival Sunday Afternoon Oct 3.

Angie King (vcl), Roy Williams (tmb), Tom Finlay (pno), Brian Shiels (bs).
I was pleased to have the opportunity to hear Angie again, particularly as the gig was at the same hotel I was staying at and, as Roy was using Herbie's trombone, it made it easy for me to collect the horn afterwards.
Looking good, Angie opened up with I Thought About You and followed it up with When Sunny Gets Blue. Two great songs sung impeccably and with that touch of class that separates the excellent from the merely very good. Angie's pitching never falters and her phrasing is her own.
I talked about spine-tingling moments in Carol Kidd's gig, well, Angie had her own in A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square. Other numbers in her set included I've Got The World on a String, Skylark, Love Is Here to Stay and several more.
Knocked out!
Roy, coming to terms with a strange instrument, nevertheless sounded good on his solo features Nobody Else But Me (Jerome Kern's swansong) and For You, For me, Forever More.
On piano, Tom Finlay played some nice solos and Brian Shiels - who seemed to pop up everywhere - is an impressive bassist.
It was a nice laid back afternoon by four great musicians.
Lance.

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