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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.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Julian Siegel Quartet @ Gateshead Old Town Hall. October 20th

Julian Siegel (tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet & bass clarinet), Liam Noble (piano & synthesiser), Gene Calderazzo (drums) & Oli Hayhurst (double bass)
Julian Siegel's accomplished quartet stopped-off at Gateshead Old Town Hall during the Urban Theme Park CD tour. Bandleader Siegel frequently switched instruments - clarinet, tenor sax, bass clarinet then soprano sax. He was perhaps most potent on saxophones and the rhythm section was much more than a rhythmic anchor. Pianist Liam Noble could headline a gig in his own right, Oli Hayhurst is much in demand and American Gene Calderazzo is a first-call drummer for many. The American proved to be a focal point developing patterns around which the others worked their collective magic. Siegel's impressive tenor playing was heard to best effect during the up-tempo numbers; Calderazzo took things at a lick, Noble imposed his own voice and Hayhurst pulled this way then that. A good gig in a sparsely attended Old Town Hall.
Russell.

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