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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.

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Thursday, January 02, 2014

CD Review: Beautiful Love: Paulinho Garcia

Paulinho Garcia (acoustic guitar and vocals).
(Review by Ann Alex.)
I’d describe this as a romantic easy-listening CD rather than jazz, one for us ladies to play during a candle-lit evening spent with someone we love, and I’m not talking about your dad or your brother!
Fifteen tracks of mostly jazz standards accompanied by skilful but understated guitar, a few tracks sung in Portuguese and Spanish and also a self-penned song Do You Remember Me?  The whole performance is infused with a ‘latin’ feel, tango and bossa nova, from the opening song by Jobin  Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar right through to the last (folk) song,  Casinha Pequenina. 
The songs sung in English sound utterly charming in a Spanish accent.  So we are treated to standards such as When I Fall In Love; Like Someone In Love; Beautiful Love; That Old Feeling; But Beautiful.  Boulevard Of Broken Dreams is a more melancholy, song, sensitively sung (quote ‘but I left my soul behind me in an old cathedral town’). I was surprised but pleased to hear Lionel Bart’s Where Is Love from the musical Oliver, which comes out well with a latin beat.  The jazziest track is Bluesette, with lively guitar and some gentle scat.  Garcia’s voice has pleasing low tones and warm rich higher notes.
Brazilian-born Garcia is not generally known to American jazz audiences although he is a prolific recording artist based in Chicago and is regularly involved in the international concert circuit.  The CD, not surprisingly, is due to be released on Valentine’s day in 2014 on the Jazzmin Records label as a co-production with Shrinktunes Media.
Ann Alex 

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