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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, August 23, 2015

Damian Cook and Sam Dunn @ The Globe Jazz Bar - August 22


Damian Cook (ten/clt); Sam Dunn (gtr).
(Review by Lance)
There's a band downstairs rockin'. There's a duo upstairs swingin'. Outside there's a whole lotta thundering and lightning going on.
Not that it unnerves our duo.
They've driven up from Salisbury and are en route to Edinburgh with the Jazz Coop providing a convenient hat hanging point.
Our good fortune.
The wrath and anger of Thor fails to deter the Coop faithful who give an enthusiastic welcome - they're mindful of Cook's knockout performance here last year (he's back with band on December 20) - and only the weather wimps have taken a raincheck.
Opening with Tenor Madness, sanity prevails, no paintstripping pyrotechnics, just straight down the middle swing. There's a delightful feeling of pre-bop 52nd St about Cook's playing whilst one man rhythm section Dunn fills the room with harmony.
The interplay between the duo is fascinating each man drawing inspiration from t'other.
Tea For Two - Dunn decides to stand up - Cook switches to clarinet -  plays a Louis Bonfa tune and remains with the Boehm system for the aptly named C'est Si Bon.
A virtuoso-like guitar intro to the equally appropriately named It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing keeps our feet tapping and takes our minds away from the rock band downstairs and the ever intensifying storm outside. More exciting interplay before Skylark relaxes us and I Got Rhythm brings the set to a close.
Time to top up on Marston's Pedigree - a tried and tested remedy for all weather conditions.
Clarinet once more for Keeping Out of Mischief Now; a stunning Four Brothers - how can one saxophone and one guitar sound like the Woody Herman sax section?!; Li'l Darlin'; No More Blues and Gentle Rain - the most inappropriate title of the evening!
I venture out into the not so gentle rain, miss the bus, swim to the Central Station, miss my Metro and queue for a taxi.
Newcastle nightlife, however, doesn't let a flash flood bring it to a halt even though the rain appears to have caused the girls' dresses to have shrunk - bring it on!
Bedraggled, soaked and sneezing it has still been a night to remember!
Photos.
Lance.

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