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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.)

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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.

Monday, February 07, 2011

The Safe Sextet (all five of them) @ The Bridge

Don Forbes (tpt), John Rowland (ten), Alan Law (pno), John Hedley (bs), Steve Doyle (dms).
From the Jazz Café to the Bridge is but a short walk and, as I dodged the taxi cabs around the Central Station, I reflected that, having just heard Alan Law at the JC I was soon to be hearing him again.
This, the Safe Sextet, is a cracking band and their revival of Emcee 5 classics such as The One That Got Away and John O'Groats is to be commended.
Let's face it, The Emcee 5 were as good as, if not better than any modern band in Britain at the time (early '60.s) and quite a few in the world.
It was a good gig with Alan Law absolutely on top form - his warm-up session at the Jazz Café no doubt contributing. Having said that, it's a good band all round with Don Forbes playing some nicely formulated solos and John Rowland blowing some Gonsalvesian tenor.
The rhythm section cooked with surprise bassist John Hedley and Stevie Doyle keeping things tight.
A decent sized audience too.
Lance.

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