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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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Globe Does The Tango!

Yes, the downstairs bar at the Globe was host to the Tango Jazz Quartet and about 30 swaying, cavorting dancers on Monday Bank holiday afternoon, and a good time was had by all, including people like myself who simply watched. This was an afternoon of Tango and Milonga, which has to be seen to be believed, sensuous, deft twisting movements from the ladies and more firm, almost balletic, motions from the men.
This is danced in couples, with the men leading and the women doing the fancy stuff, and it’s all based on a square, and the woman has to somehow negotiate the movement around the square.
At least this is what I was told by a friend of one of the dancers. Apparently, the Tango originated as an entertainment in the brothels of Argentina.  Mind boggling!
The dancing began at 3pm to a soundtrack, before the band (personnel listed elsewhere) arrived and took over.  They’d travelled up from Aberystwyth that day, and their itinerary had included Paris and Vienna, so Newcastle was lucky to get them.
The band also performed a music only gig that evening at the Globe, which was very enjoyable and is reviewed separately.
Ann Alex  

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