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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.)


Today Saturday December 14



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.


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!



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.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thoughts on 2010 - Part 2 - Away Days

All my jazz listening wasn't done purely in the North-East there were sporadic trips to London which made for some diversity of sounds.
The Ian Carr Celebration Concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was an evening to remember with former members of Nucleus, Michael Garrick and other Ian Carr associated bands. Sadly no representatives of the Emcee Five.
A couple of visits to Pizza Express - one to catch Lee Konitz the other as Bebop Spoken Here's representative at the Pizza Jazz Awards - both were good nights. Cleveland Watkiss and Norma Winstone were the big winners at the latter event.
Norma cropped up again last month at The Barbican as part of the London Jazz Festival and was superb. Likewise Chucho Valdes' Afro-Cuban-Messengers at the same venue and the Cedar Walton Trio at Ronnie's. Walton had a sensational Italian tenor player - Piero Odorici.
A couple of trips to the King's Head at Crouch End were worth the bus journey. The first was for Simon Spillett's Quartet. Superb tenor playing but, sadly, the last time I would hear Martin Drew. The second visit was for Pete Long's Gillespiana - a truly amazing band playing Dizzy's big band scores.
Punctuating these gigs were visits to The Spice of Life - my favourite jazz spot in London (at least on a Wednesday) - any singer with jazz pretensions has to make it here to be a player so needless to say the standard is incredibly high.
More thoughts to come...

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