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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.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

CD Review: Tom Syson Sextet - Green.

Tom Syson (trumpet); Vittorio Mura (tenor); Ben Lee (guitar); David Ferris (piano); Pete Hutchison (bass); Jonathan Silk (drums) + Lauren Kinsella (vocal on 1 track).
(Review by Lance).
Syson is quite an amazing young trumpet player. A product of the Birmingham Conservatoroire that is currently rolling them out by the dozen, Syson must surely be listed in the 'Most Likely to Succeed' category. 
Currently a member of NYJO, Tom is also lead trumpet with the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and, obviously, a guy going places!
On this, the young man's first CD and, surrounded by some of the [so-called] Second City's A - Listers, Syson blows incredible horn. Not always to my personal taste, early influences such as Akinmusire and, maybe, Stanko show more than Dizzy, Miles and Clifford do which drops him from my guest list. However, having said that, Russell heard Syson play a duo set with Mark Pringle at Jazz Café in January and was knocked out. Steve H confirmed the excellence of that gig with a glowing review.
The inspiration for the album is provided by the green expanse outside of his home territory in Bedford although I'm not sure where Leroy the Tiger lurks in that area of Bedford!
It's Tom's album, he wrote and arranged all the tunes and blew some mind blowing stuff but, for me, it was Mura's tenor blasts that lifted the album.
Overall, an album well worth checking out.
Release date: June 2.
Launch date: June 9 @ The Quarry Theatre, Bedford.
Lance.

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