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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.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Customs House Big Band. Open Rehearsal New Crown, South Shields. Dec 6th.

For tonight's recital the band were in close confinement in a corner of the main bar, however, the usual suspects were not intimidated by the surroundings and played with their normal skill and finesse. The first set began with Out Of Nowhere, Gordon Goodwin's High Maintenance and a laid back Nestico version of Sunny Side Of The Street.
Second set started with The 12 Days Of Christmas a la Kenton, followed by Green Dolphin Street, I Love Paris by the Cole Porter (not a coal porter (( Ronnie Scott 1975)) ) Basie's Straight Ahead, and a beautiful Harlem Nocturne. The ever consistent Miss Lambert (Ruth) entertained us with Santa Baby, Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend, I've Got The World On A String and Fly Me To The Moon. This was all enjoyed by a small but appreciative band of followers, about the same number that watched the Chelsea match at the other end of the bar but we got the best deal. Next week is another show with different numbers so get there if you can and hear big band music at its best for the price of a pint.
Miles.

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