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Bebop Spoken There

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 14, 2016

R.I.P. Kenny Baker

Roly has drawn my attention to the death of Kenny Baker (not to be confused with the late trumpet player, the 1940s Irish tenor or the former politician, but the diminutive Star Wars actor who died yesterday, August 13, aged 83.)
Roly recalled that, apart from his other eminent activities, he  was a good jazz harmonica player. When he appeared at the Theatre Royal back in the 1980s he often sat in with Roly and the band at Blaydon Jazz Club arriving in a modified Merc with built up pedals etc. Remembered as a very nice man who really loved his jazz.
Rest In Peace.
Obituary.
Lance.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Roly is right, I worked with him at Pontin's Gt Yarmouth back in the early 80's. A good all round entertainer and a good harmonica player. R.I.P.
Colin Aitchison
Hong Kong.