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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.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

CD Review: Joe LoCascio & Woody Witt - Absinthe. The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Joe LoCascio (pno); Woody Witt (ten/alt/sop).
(Review by Lance).
CDs land on my doormat in such profusion these days that I can no longer guarantee to find the time to listen let alone blog all of them which means I have to use my sometimes flawed judgement as to what is worthy of recommendation for our readers. So if you've sent me a disc and it's "missed the cut" my apologies.
However, no need to apologise for this piano/sax duo album - it's a "pippin" (Which song did I pick that line from I wonder?)
Joe LoCascio and Woody Witt are faculty members of the University of Houston, Texas which goes some way to explaining why they aren't household names in Newcastle, England! This album should help remedy that.
A choice selection of tunes by Ellington's alter ego enables both men to immerse themselves in the harmonic luxury of the material - individuality without irreverence. Witt nods to Johnny Hodges on My Little Brown Book and on Charpoy, recorded by Ellington on the album And His Mother Called Him Bill, Witt's tenor reminds me a little of Harold Ashby. There's also superb soprano on A Flower is a Lovesome Thing and of course LoCacio is behind him throughout feeding the chords, the complementary l
ines and emerging to shine in his own right.
Raincheck is a swinger. Even without bass and drums it seduces the toes before reaching your heart via your soul. Witt blows tenor on this one. An extended cadenza on the same horn brings us into the melancholy portrait of Chelsea Bridge. Lotus Blossom is as beautiful as the name implies and Isfahan brings Hodges to mind once more. Some ethereal exploration under the influence of Absinthe before the disc culminates with a Daydream with the piano in the foreground for some tranquil meditations.
Available now on Blue Bamboo Music..
Lance.

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