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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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Paul Gowland’s Allstars – The Jazz Café 14/12/13

Paul Gowland (Tenor Sax)  Marc Jolliffe (Piano)  Willie Angus (E. Bass) Mark Robertson (Drums).
(Review by Kath Jobes).
The blurb said, “One of Tyneside's top tenors: swings like crazy with a tone fit to blister paint” ...and the new paint at the café was well and truly blistered!    Have You Met Miss Jones was a lively start to the set, Black Nile displayed the technical ability of Gowland, and then Recorda Me exhibited the skill of each of the musicians in turn… wow these guys really are all stars!  Midnight Voyage revealed a melodic sax and tinkling piano, the tenor solo flourished as the sax sung out, and a delightful bass solo from Willie Angus was admired by the appreciative crowd. 
Darn That Dream was beautiful, with interesting changes of feel during the delightful piano solo from Marc Jolliffe, and a superb bass solo from Angus… even the rest of the band stopped to listen.  In Your Own Sweet Way, brought the first set to a light and joyful close as Jolliffe’s skilful fingers danced across the keys.
The second set opened with a seemingly endless Afro Blue, as each musician charmed the attentive audience with their own solo… all noteworthy, superb piano, an almost discordant and chaotic sax, magnificent bass and drums… guys you are in fine fettle.  The arrival of Ray Burns to the Café , looking dapper as ever brought a new sound to the set as he was persuaded to join the band for a tune.  As the exquisite sound of his harmonica introduced Body And Soul, memories of the old café were evoked and jam sessions that will be forever engraved on my mind, with Keith Crombie waxing lyrical about his past exploits in the Jazz world… but I digress… Ray then went on to sing; another rare treat… I have heard his harmonica many times, but rarely his superb singing.   
Beatrice was introduced by another fine bass solo, and before we knew it time had brought us to the final number Chucho, with a blisteringly hot sax, stupendous bass with some cool strumming, magical piano and a smashing drum… joined once more by Ray Burns and his amazing harmonica.
Gowland’s Allstars delighted me and my friend Emma Scott, another saxophonist who just described the night as AWESOME!
Kath J.

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