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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, April 03, 2018

Ray Dales @ Dormans Club, Middlesbrough - March 29


Well-known alto sax player Ray Dales brought his quartet as the guest band to Tees Hot Club's Guest Band Night at Dormans Club Middlesbrough on March 29 with Rick Laughlin on keyboard Peter Ayton on bass and Stuie Ellerton on drums completing the lineup. 
The band started well with an up-tempo version of Secret Love then continued with a few familiar tunes,  It Could Happen To You,  Just Friends and When Sunny Gets Blue before showing what class musicians all four really are by playing  great versions of Gerry Mulligan's North Atlantic Run
and Sonny Rollins Pent-Up House with terrific solos from both Ray and Rick. After many more well-known numbers, they finished off the night with the ever popular St Thomas
Ron Hampton

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