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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.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

CD Review: Doug MacDonald - Califournia Quartet

Doug MacDonald (guitar); Kim Richmond (alto sax/soprano sax/flute); Harvey Newmark (bass); Paul Kreibich (drums).
(Review by Lance).

Isn't it wonderful, or is it sad? There are such a lot of great jazz combos around that, in many ways, it makes the albums you've treasured over the years become suddenly obsolete! Perhaps an overstatement as few of the musicians playing today would have even got their foot in the door had it not been for the likes of everyone from Jelly Roll to Trane contributing to the melting pot.

Richmond finds his direction via Bird and Cannonball, MacDonald, courtesy of Barney and Wes - both have found their own voice from those rich seams and, unlike their spiritual mentors, today's recording techniques show their sounds off to greater advantage.

This is perhaps the perfect example of yesterday's jazz today - looking back but with their eyes on the future. The swing is in but so is the groove and the bossa and the jazz-rock - not to mention the kitchen sink - ah that my humble abode had such an amenity!

Listen to If You Could See Me Now - if the goosebumps don't show then listen to MacDonald's solo rendition of The Things We Did Last Summer. Nobody ever had a summer to remember like this one. Even without words, it edges Sinatra's classic version! 

MacDonald brings Tenderly in with some luscious out of tempo chords before Richmond ups the pace with some fine alto playing, MacDonald carries the baton before handing it to Kreibich who does what drummers do!

On I Want It, Richmond switches to flute, bass and drums do their thing, MacDonald, has no problems - why should he? He wrote the tune as, indeed, he also penned five of the others.

As the band name implies the quartet is based in Los Angeles and, although this is their debut album, all four have an impressive pedigree having been involved with a whole lot of big names from New York to L.A. and back again.
Lance.

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