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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, April 17, 2009

Phil Mason's New Orleans All Stars @ Saville Exchange

Phil Mason (cnt), Mickey Potts (tmb), Roger Myerscough(bar/clt), Tony Pitt (bjo), Trevor Williams (bs), Laurie Chescoe (dms/wbd), Christine Tyrell (vcl). This was a culture shock! It had been a long time since I'd heard an out and out New Orleans style band - I usually avoid post 1960 trad bands like the plague - and as the strident, unrelenting plonk of the banjo in the opening number cut through me, I began planning my escape route.
However, as my ears became accustomed to the polyphonic sound of the frontline, I accused myself of being a musical snob and said, "Lance - enjoy it!"
I DID enjoy it - it was fun. Nothing mindbending, just good old fashioned foot-tapping fun. Trombone and Baritone were featured on "Sentimental Journey" - both had a big round tone that had the effect of muting the banjo - reminded me of Barnes and Williams albeit not quite Mulligan and Brookmeyer. Having remarked on the banjo, I have to admit that Tony Pitt is no slouch on the damn thing and he had some good solos throughout the gig.
Christine Tyrell sang a few Spiritual type numbers "Thank The Lord" got the hands clapping. "Ma Curly Headed Baby" was a rare choice and later, a suggestion of Country with "Crazy" before finishing off with "Big Butter and Egg Man."
Drummer Chescoe, apart from drumming, played tambourine, danced, thimbled washboard ... all with amazing dexterity.
For me though, the highlight was bassist Williams, playing and singing, "I Would Do Anything For You". Written, I believe, by Claude Hopkins and sung on record by Billy Banks back in the 20's/30's. It is a lovely piece - it made my night. If you don't know the tune - check it out on Spotify; Braff and Sutton is recommended.
Lance.

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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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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance