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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 Tuesday July 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Saturday, July 19, 2008

William Bone-Hardy R.I.P.

William Bone-Hardy wasn't, as far as I know, a musician and in recent years he didn't get to concerts or gigs; nevertheless, his enthusiasm for the music of Duke Ellington was on a par with those other two great Ellington devotees - Hughie Aitchison and Brian Fisher - themselves gone to the Cotton Club up there.
The last time I spoke to Bill Hardy, as he liked to be called, was a couple of years ago in Asda. Despite his advanced years, he looked well but bemoaned the fact that he had outlived his heroes, by which he meant Ellington, Hodges etc., and that there was no longer any music being produced that was worth listening to. I could have argued but didn't; I knew that at that stage in his life he would not be receptive to change. I was just pleased to know that he was still around and getting pleasure from the music he'd enjoyed for most of his life.
I met him back in the early 70s when I was working on the jazz record section of a local music store and he was a regular customer. We had many discussions on jazz often from opposite sides of the fence but always with mutual respect.
He was that rare breed of person who could be called 'a true gentleman'. When he died this week, well into his 90s, jazz music lost one of its staunchest supporters.
Condolences to wife and family.

1 comment :

Jim said...

William Bone-Hardy, a name synonymous with good taste in the music we call jazz.
Immaculately dressed (as always) and with gentle humour he would quietly and politely put his case as to why we should all love Duke Ellington's music. After all it was the pinnacle of achievement in Jazz music was it not?
Certainly one of nature's gentlemen and a man to be remembered!

We all loved you madly Bill !

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