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James Carter: "We played around with 'Nuages' and FUNKED it up, basically." - (DownBeat, September 2019).


Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Monday August 19



Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.



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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

SCHMAZZ @ the Cluny

I've waited a lifetime to hear a Turkish jazz musician then two come along at once - in a band led by a Swiss no less! The Swiss was Nicolas Meier who, wisely, didn't yodel but instead laid down some awesome guitar playing touching on many different styles and using, in the main, a nylon strung semi acoustic; truly incredible. The Turkish Delights came from Gilad Atzmon on alto and Asaf Sirkis, drums.
Atzmon is a wonderfully accomplished alto player who manages to incorporate elaborated Charlie Parker based phrases into a form of Turkish modality that could have come straight from the Casbah (or its Turkish equivalent!). This strange melange produced some exciting, and at times humourous, solos that had the room stomping its approval. Fellow Turk Sirkis kept the Ay Yildiz flying in the engine room whilst the lone Englishman, Tom Morris on bass who must have felt like an asylum seeker, kept it all together.
A frantic couple of sets. I guess I'll be rooting for Turkey in the European football championships from now on.
Mention of football brings me nicely into the support band TASQ aka The Alan Shearer Quartet until they are done on the trade descriptions act.
I'd heard them earlier in the year at the Side so I knew what to expect and I wasn't disappointed. Adam Hastings (gtr), Russ Henderson (alt), Sam Vicary (bs) and Dan Hayman (dms) are all excellent musicians and more than justified being on the same bill as the Meier Group. In a few years time the positions could be reversed!
One thought about TASQ; do they get many gigs in Sunderland?

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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