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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, September 26, 2012

Ken Vandermark Trio @ The Cluny. 25 September

Ken Vandermark (tenor & baritone saxophones, clarinet), Olie Brice (double bass) & Mark Sanders (drums)
Jazz North East and Schmazz pooled meagre resources to bring Ken Vandermark to town. The Chicagoan had visited Tyneside on several occasions and this most recent visit came about through the efforts of bassist Olie Brice to put together a few dates to make it worth while crossing the Atlantic. 
The turn-out at the Cluny was encouraging including a smattering of students keen to hear the American free jazz reeds maestro. Vandermark played tenor and baritone (perhaps having the edge on tenor) and some impressive high-register clarinet. The set with the British bass and drums pairing of Olie Brice and Mark Sanders worked as well as any Vandermark combination previously heard on Tyneside. 
A cast iron technique enabled the American to immerse himself in the music-making. Full throttle tenor and circular breathing clarinet playing drew considerable applause from a most attentive audience. Bassist Olie Brice created infinite figures and drummer Mark Sanders produced perhaps his finest  performance (of many) on Tyneside. 
Next month at the Cluny (Tuesday 30 October) Schmazz presents the superb trio Watson Walker Edis (Lewis Watson – reeds, Rob Walker – drums and Paul Edis – keyboards).
Russell        

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