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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Arthur Jeffes - Sundog. The Sage, Gateshead.

Arthur Jeffes (Dulcetone/piano); Oli Langford (vln).
One of those musical vignettes that The Sage throw at us from time to time. They creep up and take you totally by surprise.
This wasn't a jazz gig yet there was enough to appeal to jazz people in a fringy sort of way.
The blurb described Jeffes' playing as "minimalist" and we had minimalism in abundance!
He introduced the pieces with an explanation of the title and various intricacies about the piece i.e. time signatures etc. As well as piano he also played the Dulcetone which he described as a Victorian version of the Fender Rhodes - and he was right inasmuch as it did sound not unalike a Rhodes in places.
On violin, Oli Langford read his parts but I longed for him to break out and maybe Jeffes also. But, to me, the whole thing was just a little too repetitive and although I may sound negative I did actually find it interesting and the well attended Hall Two enjoyed it so maybe I came looking for the wrong things in the wrong place.

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