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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, July 06, 2014

CD Review: Tommy Andrews Quintet – The Crux

Tommy Andrews (alto/clt); Nick Costley-White (gtr); Rick Simpson (pno); Dave Manington (bs); Dave Hamblett (dms).
(Review by Steve H.)
This debut  album from  up and  coming reeds player Tommy Andrews is a fine effort. Andrews, whose interests outside music are particle physics and rock climbing, incorporates these twin  themes into many of his compositions.  I haven’t met the guy but he comes over as a cross between Professor Brian Cox, Chris Bonnington and the late Patrick Moore.

The album begins gently as we are lulled into Sirens.  The focal point of this piece is a fine piano solo from Rick Simpson. Andrews himself leads off both my favourite and the title track The Crux which is dedicated to Higgs Boson pioneer Peter Higgs. A core theme runs throughout featuring both guitar and piano solos, while a  rousing mid section really sets the tone for the remainder of the song as the whole ensemble  led by Andrews on sax really gives us some particle acceleration.  A gentle bass intro heralds the melancholic Crystal Car  before another strong sax solo takes over. Mr Skinny Legs refers to the name given to spiders by Andrews’ 3 year old nephew; this tune again builds nicely around its recurring theme. L.H.B doesn’t refer to Left Hand Bat as I thought but to Late Heavy Bombardment which is a term used to describe the period in history when a large number of asteroids collided with various planets. The piece begins quietly before culminating in  the astronomical manner of the title. Toscana (Sirens Pt II)  is a haunting rolling piece with again piano and sax at its core. Steep provides a fitting up-tempo finale leaving the listener pleasantly satisfied with the entire album.
Tommy Andrews Quintet – The Crux is currently available on JellymouldJazz Records
Steve H.

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