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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.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

CD Review: Kansas Smitty's House Band - Broadway 2018

Pete Horsfall (cornet); Giacomo Smith (alto sax); Alec Harper (tenor sax); Dave Archer (guitar); Joe Webb (piano); Ferg Ireland (bass); Will Cleasby (drums) + (on track 4)  Adrian Cox (clarinet); Pedro Segundo (drums).
(Review by Lance).

My favourite British band from the 1940s was the Harry Hayes Sextet. They epitomised jazz/swing/pre-bop music in the immediate post-war years and were probably as close to small group Ellingtonia as any other outfit within these isles.

Imagine if they had emerged 70 years later - my guess is that they would have sounded very much like Kansas Smitty's Houseband which is a tribute to both bands. The Smithsonian's of 63-65 Broadway Market, E8 4PH have truly managed to create a link between the past, the present and (we hope) the future.

Broadway 2018, released in December last year, is a compilation of, in their opinion, the best of the numbers featured on EP and live performance over the past 12 months. I won't argue with the choice and nor would I disagree if the selection had been totally different. Anyone who heard the band at Sage Gateshead last year will, I'm sure, rubber stamp my approval.

I've got the feeling that on my next trip to London I may be bypassing W1 for E8!
Lance.
See also details of their latest EP due out this month.
PS: Adrian Cox is at Darlington this lunchtime (March 2 - see above listings for details).

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