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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.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Nu Bossa Band @ Sage Gateshead - Dec 21

Inês Gonçalves (piano, vocals); Thomas Dixon (tenor sax); José Gonçalves (bass guitar); Ben Fitzgerald (percussion)
(Review by Russell)

A new band, its roots in Portugal and Gateshead, Sage Gateshead specifically. Nu Bossa lays claim to authenticity. Inês Gonçalves born in Portugal sings in her native tongue, father José thinks in Portuguese keeping his thoughts to himself surrounded as he is by Tyneside's predominately English (and incomprehensible Geordie) speakers. Saxophonist Thomas Dixon speaks English with, perhaps, a smattering of words from the Iberian Peninsula, and djembe-playing percussionist Ben Fitzgerald speaks English and who knows what else? 

The seductive sounds of bossa is their common bond, new bossa...the Nu Bossa Band. Sitting at the piano Inês sang, introducing the numbers, José the steadying influence, Thomas, sporting a new look - pocket 'kerchief to boot! - went for the laid back, not quite Getzian, sound of sun, sand, sea and seasonal tenor saxophone with percussionist Ben demonstrating that a drummer doesn't always require the heavy artillery of bass drum, toms and snares.

Dindi opened the half-hour set in front of an attentive concourse gathering. A second number prompted your scribe to scribble '?' - not in any way questioning Nu Bossa's musicality, more a lack of familiarity with Portuguese! Later Inês kindly supplied the title - Inutil Paisagem. A correction, if required, should be addressed to: Editor, BSH.  

Corcovado's gently swaying rhythms took us to Rio and back whereupon Thomas got all the notes in the right order on One Note Samba. This being the season of goodwill Inês closed Nu Bosssa's set with a nice take on Santa Baby.   
Russell

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