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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.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

The Three Tenors are in Town!

Suddenly we're surrounded by tenors - not the Neapolitan variety who serenade fat ladies but really classy saxophonists.
It began at Blaydon last night with Swedish Saxo-Prima Lennart Andersson. Lennart is at the Cherry Tree on Monday night and this gig is an absolute must for those who like their jazz on the marginally cooler side and their food served at just the right temperature.
Tomorrow (Saturday) has John Hallam at Gosforth's Trinity Centre - John also packs some baritone and clarinet heat.
Sunday sees Claude Werner, Chile's finest export, at The Bridge Hotel.
Yes a weekend of Wimbledonian quality (tenors/tennis - get it?)
To miss but one of these gigs will leave you reflecting on the 'What might have been...'
Trust me on this one!
Lance.
PS: And, whilst we're talking tenors, Colin Aitchison sent me this clip of the legendary George Evans - performing in the twilight of his years - with the Arthur Mowatt Big Band at the Corner House, Heaton back in 1984 (ish). The tune is Moonlight in Vermont and although it is a slightly lugubrious performance (I wish I could be that lugubrious!) the arrangement is good and George's harmonics at the end reach out into piccolo territory!

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