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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.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Djangologie @ The Bridge

Emma Fisk (vln), Jim Birkett, Giles Strong (gtr), Mick Shoulder (bs).
The reformed, renamed (i.e. ie instead of y don't ask me why) proved the perfect antidote to the afternoon's blues bash at the Central Bar. A choice mix of standards and originals made for a swinging session.
It goes without saying that Emma Fisk does Grappelli and does him good but there's also a lot of her own phrasology in Djangology - sorry Djangologie - as she swung through Coquette, Douce Ambience, Nuages, Undecided, The Autumn Leaf - a Mick Shoulder original that had some effective pizzicato passages from Emma - J'attendrai, Django's Stomp, A Quick One, Minor Swing, Sheik of Araby, Lady Be Good, Daphne and Besame Mucho.
Unlike most Hot Club, ensembles lead and rhythm was shared throughout and both guitarists were well versed in the idiom.
Mick's bass playing was better than his French and he kept the whole thing together with sound rhythmic support.
A delightful musical delicacy - or should that be delicacie?
Lance.

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