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Bebop Spoken There

Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (DownBeat, September 2019).

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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.

Today Saturday August 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Mellow Baku - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Line-up: Mello Baku (vocals), John Hallam (reeds), Andy Dickens (trumpet), Ian Bateman (trombone), Tom Kincaid (piano), Rachel Hayward (guitar, banjo), John Day (double bass), Nick Millward (drums).

Jo Harrop w Paul Edis Trio - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £10.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Boys of Brass - Bill Quay Beer & Music Festival, Brack Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead NE10 0TT. 3:00-4:30pm. (Festival 1:00-11pm). Tickets: £10.

Xhosa Cole-Francis Tulip Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Evening

Matt Anderson & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 6:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Tony Kofi & the Organisation - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 8:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Picturehouse Deluxe + Kay Greyson - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. 8:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Georgia Turnbull (vocals & keys), Thomas Dixon (reeds), Jamie Mackay (guitar), Adam Cornell (bass), Ben Fitzgerald (drums).

Jam session - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 10:00pm. Free. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - 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.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Bebop Taught Here - Egglescliffe School Jazz Quartet. An Intermission Riff at the Bonded Warehouse, Sunderland

A quartet playing "St. Thomas" and "Billie's Bounce" might prompt you to quote the band's opener "So What?". When the four players are in their early to mid teens it becomes less commonplace and when one of them is a girl blowing boppish tenor then you say to yourself - "Why didn't I go to that school?!"
I don't know any of their names but I'm sure I will do in years to come! (See 'Comments' for first names - it's a start! Then go to Egglescliffe Facebook website. Listen to the downloads and you'll know what I mean - Lance)
This intermission set was one of four that served as an overture to the weekend's Sunderland Big Band Festival.
The opening and closing stints were by the student based Festival Big Band led by Bill Watson and augmented for the occasion by Gordon Marshall on trumpet, Paul Jones (alto) and Colin Haikney (pno). With a line-up of 11 saxes, 2 flutes, 4 trumpets, piano, bass, guitar, drums and, surprisingly, no trombones it isn't difficult to tell what is the 'in' instrument today!
Despite the theoretical inbalance, in practice they sounded good and the trombones weren't unduly missed by this listener.
Paul Jones, who will be leading the saxes of the BBC Big Band tomorrow night, joined Leader Bill Watson (tpt), a blonde girl on tenor who may be called Joanne - correct me someone if I'm wrong - Colin Haikney and the big band's guitar, bass and drums to form a very listenable septet.
The final set by 'les tout ensemble' swung along nicely with some close harmony from a swingy vocal duo whose names I failed to get. Loved their version of NYJO's "The Deflated Bounce".
A very enjoyable evening in a plush(ish) loft that would make an ideal jazz venue and only 60p for a coke - sanity prevails!.
Lance.
PS: If anyone can supply names please do. They should be carved with pride.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

The Egglescliffe Jazz Quartet are all 16 years old and comprise Loretta on Sax, Angus on Double bass, Johnny on keyboard and Thomas on kit.
You're right, watch this space.

Tom said...

Hey its Tom from the Egglescliffe Jazz Quartet here. Thanks a lot for the review Lance.
The full names are Loretta Tosson(sax), Angus Milne(D.bass), Jonny Walton(keys) and Tom Chapman(kit).
For more info on the group and some of our recordings check out our myspace: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=445064234

Lance said...

Excellent tracks and good sound.

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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