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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guest Don Fairley (trombone).

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

RIP Grady Tate

Sad to report the death of American drummer Grady Tate on Sunday (October 8). A man for all seasons, he could slot into any set-up although I think soul/funk was his preferred meter. I first encountered him on a couple of Jimmy Smith albums and his drive and solid foundation helped to make them as incredible as one of the album's titles said it would be.
Apart from drumming, Grady Tate was also highly regarded as a singer - listen to what he does with Moondance.
Regrettably, I never heard him live, now I never will...
He was 85. Sadly missed.
Lance

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