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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.

Monday, August 26, 2013

High Bridge Quarter Bank Holiday Special!

This afternoon was quite an extravaganza albeit not jazzwise. The flier boasted "Exquisite Culinary delights from all four corners of the Globe" I'm not sure if globes do have corners but on such a warm sunny day who cared?
I opted for a Hog Roast from the "Piggin' Lush" stall and it certainly was just that. I'm not sure which of the global corners it came from - possibly Hexham. Into the Duke of Wellington for a pint of Prince Bishop to help the hog on its way prior to a set from Static Sound - punkish rock band who jumped up and down and spun around as they played. Full marks for athleticism. More Prince Bishop was needed. A walk into Eldon Square then back to "The Quarter" and a £2 plastic cupful of Ouseburn coffee.
Next up was Jeff Dingle and the Moodswing Trio. The grapevine had whispered that Dingle did Bublé - not today he didn't. 1960's pop a la Bobby Vee and Sam Cooke - Take Good Care of my Baby, Twistin the Night Away and then Mustang Sally. I left as the audience was chanting "Ride Sally Ride". Having said that, it was an entertaining, crowd pleasing performance that, coupled with the food, the beer, the sun and the atmosphere I didn't miss the jazz. It was a fun afternoon and I can't stop singing Mustang Sally!
Lance.

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