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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 Tuesday July 23

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

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hotter Than That - Fiddles on Fire by 'The Doc'.

I guess few mainstreams jazzers will have given much attention to the Fiddles on Fire Festival at the Sage over the weekend, given the massive emphasis on folk genres it would seem an unlikely hunting ground.
A pity, because for those interested in gypsy jazz the event boasted a splendid gig featuring Tim Kliphuis and James Birkett. Tim is enjoying an exponential rise as possibly the most fluent and genuine practitioner of Grappelli syle fiddling around (with all due respect to Chris Garrick, Mike Piggott and others).
The Sunday afternoon concert was a gem featuring Hot Club material such as "How About You", "Nuages" and "Sweet Georgia Brown", mixed in with swing versions of the "Skye Boat Song", "Devil Among the Tailors" and even the Pachelbel "Canon". Delivered with startling virtuosity, they were very well received.
Tim takes some pride in venturing into folk and classical genres, but not all moldy figs will give this an unreserved welcome. These are dangerous areas for the swing violin player. I recall, for instance, the late Johnny Frigo's rendition of 'How Are Things in Glocca Morra' with very mixed feelings.
But I digress. Both Tim and James Birkett delivered a superb performance. If you missed it Google up Tim's website for the next time he's anywhere near. It will well repay the effort.
In addition to the concert Tim conducted two workshops for aspiring swing fiddlers, enthusiastically attended in almost unmanageable numbers. Tim is a superb instrumental teacher as his teaching publications and DVD's confirm. Nigel Kennedy has said 'The sound of Stephane Grappelli is safe with Tim Kliphuis' . It sure is, but Tim is way more that an imitator and his own personality shines through both in his playing and through his great rapport with the audience. Just wait until those telly people find out about him.
"The Doc."

2 comments :

Lance said...

I couldn't agree more "Doc." I have an excellent CD by Tim - "The Grappelli Tribute" and I must confess that it was the folkiness of the festival that deterred me making the gig.
Having read your review and even now listening again to the CD I am ruing the error of my ways!

Tim said...

Thank you very much for the positive review! I really appreciate your sending me the link.
At least some of the jazz people were paying attention, as I was asked after the show if I would be interested in coming to the jazz festival at The Sage next year ... Who knows?
Kind regards,
Tim

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Lance