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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.

Until July 21

Today Wednesday July 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Steve Glendinning - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Whiplash - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £5.00. Screening of Damien Chazelle's award-winning film.

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL3 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Buddy Greco Show - Gala Theatre Durham


A night of sheer delight. One and a half hours of unbroken entertainment by a man who can hold his head as high as any of his peers dead or alive and, given that he is now 82, there aren't too many in the latter category. However, unlike his most illustrious peer, the voice hasn't withered nor custom staled its infinite variety. Nor is there anything wrong with his piano playing. The bop licks of his youth may be less apparent, replaced by big band voiced riffs and delicate chordal explorations, but the jazz feel is inherent in every thing he plays - even that most inane of tunes "MacArthur Park".
Not that this was a one man show - far from it. Lezley Anders A.K.A. Mrs Greco sang a few numbers as well adding a touch of glamour and humour. The duet, "Making Whoopee," was particularly well done although "Begin the Beguine" in a minor key didn't, at least for me, quite come off.
The photo shows Buddy and Lezley signing albums. To Buddy's right is another singer - Attila - who Buddy introduced and who sang a couple of numbers in fine Sinatranic style. As an encore all three vocalised on "Our Love Is Here To Stay".
Bass and drums gave good support but unfortunately I didn't catch their names.
A most enjoyable evening that wasn't without incident before a note had been played. Sitting in front of us, a chap balanced his drink on a narrow rail in front of him and promptly knocked it into the lap of the woman, a stranger, sitting next to him.
Follow that Mr Greco I said and follow it he did indeed.
Hurry back.

4 comments :

Liz said...

Sounds just like my kinda show, thanks Lance for bringing it to us..
adieu!

Ken R said...

I couldn't agree more - a super show and have to add my caveat about 'Begin the Beguine' being that it was still nice to hear someone so well established try out something quite ambitious. Spot on with the highlight Lance - an already great show was really 'made' by 'Maikng Whoopee'.
From my seat I had a brilliant view - Buddy's footwork on the pedals was impeccable.
In additon to the show Buddy, Lezley and Atila were so nice to talk to afterwards. Keep a future eye or ear on Atila.

Lance said...

Thanks Ken - I hope you'll call again. We're always interested in hearing views and opinions on jazz/quality popular music.

Liz - you missed a good one; have a nice break.

Lance said...

My apologies to Buddy - he is "only" 80 - 81 next month.

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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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