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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.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Splinter @ the Bridge present Tipping Point – March 1

James Mainwaring (sax); Matthew Bourne (keyboards); Mick Bardon (bass); Joost Hendrickx (drums). 
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
A British contemporary super group of sorts. Captain Mainwaring of Roller Trio, Mick Bardon of Shatners Basson , Joost Hendrickx of Shiver and Matthew Bourne the doyen of free piano improvisation joined forces to form Tipping Point. The band, a fairly introspective bunch, as is their music at times, communicated with the audience  only via their music (I got to find out the names of the pieces played by asking James to write them down for me at the end of the evening).
 The first piece Rat Bucket was a long, reflective brooder with Bourne creating fascinating effects on the Nord keyboard. The set concluded with an altogether jollier number Equanimity which although it didn’t have the audience dancing on the tables nevertheless had a few people tapping along with enthusiasm. The Second set comprised of 3 pieces Breath, Earthworm Eye View, and Bigsaw Jigsaw although I thought there were only 2!  A lot of the music was fairly reflective and challenging, and at times the band, led by Hendrickx’s  powerful drumming, managed to hit a bit of a groove. A highly enjoyable improvised blues encore concluded proceedings. Not a wild night but always interesting and all the audience members I spoke to seemed to thoroughly enjoy the evening.
Steve H.

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