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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.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, December 21, 2018

CD Review: Jorge Nila - Tenor Time

Jorge Nila (tenor); Dave Stryker (guitar); Mitch Towne (organ); Dana Murray (drums).
(Review by Lance).
A gem but...
A relatively unknown tenor player, at least in the UK, paying tribute to Gordon, Mobley, Rollins, Shorter, Stitt, Henderson and others may seem to be an unlikely buy for anyone living outside of Nila's native Omaha. However, this would be to do a grave injustice to a fine saxman and a sound trio who dig in in the best tenor/organ tradition. 

An album like this is, of course, a multi-edged sword. There will always be those who never look back. Dudes who flunked History at school. There's also those who've never looked forward - geeks who were always top of the class in History. Not only did they know the date of the Battle of Wherever but they also knew the time of day it took place.
So, when you get a disc like this, it's best to just sit back and let the music envelope and surround you. Forget about the past or the future. Nila's his own man, no cloning, he interprets them as he hears them. Yes, he's listened to and appreciated Dex, Hank and the others but that's as far as it goes, when the money's down he's in the driving seat and drive he can.

With Towne on organ, Stryker on guitar and Murray providing the pulse, let's dream that someday they will be playing at a joint near you. In the meantime...
Lance.
Tracks: Fried Bananas (Dexter Gordon); Soul Station (Hank Mobley); On a Misty Night (Tadd Dameron); Infant Eyes (Wayne Shorter); Rocket Love (Stevie Wonder); Inner Urge (Joe Henderson); The Everywhere Calypso (Sonny Rollins); The Eternal Triangle (Sonny Stitt); Our Miss Brooks (Harold Vick).

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