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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, October 03, 2015

Anna Reay & Deon Krishnan @ The Vermont Hotel. October 2

Anna Reay (vocals) & Deon Krishnan (guitar & vocals)
Arriving at seven o’clock hoping to catch the last half hour of Anna Reay’s set, it became apparent that her engagement started only minutes earlier. The Vermont Hotel’s publicity is less than reliable! On taking a seat, Reay invited your correspondent to suggest a song! Come Fly with Me? Ms Reay and her accompanist Deon Krishnan didn’t hesitate. A nice way to settle into a plush Chesterfield. The classy duo took requests from guests – a party from South Africa (sporting Springbok shirts ahead of this weekend’s big rugby game), a chilled-out hen party, couples – and met each one in style. Don’t Know Why, Moon River, Ain’t No Sunshine, At Last, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Ed Sheeran and…Puccini! An eclectic list, to stay the least!
Ms Reay is an assured performer capable of handling a wide range of material. Krishnan, renowned as a bass player, is a fine guitarist (and singer too!). A most enjoyable first set. An appointment with Swing Manouche at the Jazz Café (see review) dispelled any notion of staying put. Reay and Krishnan playing a GAS book set at the Jazz Café would be an enticing proposition.   
Russell.          

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