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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 2019).


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 September 21



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

Solitude - St John's Church, Grainger St., Newcastle NE1 5JG. 11:00am & 2:00pm. Free. Gabriele Heller’s audio play (40mins).

Jeff Barnhart’s Silent Film Festival: Reel 2 - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Barnhart’s piano accompaniment to classic silent films.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen: River Tyne Jazz Cruise - Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Departing 1:00pm (boarding from 12:30pm) from o/s Pitcher & Piano, returning 4:00pm. Tickets: £25.00. (info 0191 252 9429/07710 528413). On board buffet & Tyne Bank Brewery bar.


Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50. (inc bf). Ronnie Scott's Story: 60th Anniversary Concert.

Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp & Friends - Queen's Hall Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 9:30pm. £15.00. A Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts event.


Bullfrog Blues 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.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

River City Jazzmen @ Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond.

Mike Durham (tpt), Gordon Solomon (tmb), Bill Smith (alt), Keith Stephen (bjo/gtr), Bill Brooks (bs), Fred Thompson (dms/vcl).
"Bourbon St. Parade" kicked things off - it reminded me of the Breda Jazz Festival back in the 1980s when every band, including the RCJ, played that tune just about every set. Only Gordon ("Solly") and Bill Brooks remain from that edition but the tune has stayed with them - honed to perfection over the years. The ubiquitous Fred Thompson turned up again tonight on drums and vocals. He sang, for starters, "Am I Blue?" If you were blue to begin with Fred's easy style coupled with some fine guitar from Keith would soon banish those feelings. Keith stuck mainly with banjo tonight and his "The World Is Waiting for The Sunrise" displayed an awesome technique on that most maligned of instruments.
Guesting on trumpet was Mike Durham - looking and sounding more like Humph every day - Mike slotted in with the band and was particularly impressive on "Treasure Island". Mike reminded me that the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival is almost upon us (Mike is the Guru behind the festival) so keep the weekend of July 12 & 13 free.
Bill Brooks displayed the solemnity once associated with Marshall Walker (former RCJ drummer) whilst doing all the right things at the right time on bass.
What can you say about Bill Smith? 82 year old and still blowing (alto these days).
Finally Gordon Solomon. Leader and trombonist First Class. I hadn't heard "Solly" for many years and I was pleased to note he is no longer a slave to Chris Barber but has mellowed with a smoother sounding voice of his own.
An enjoyable, reasonably attended evening. Photos.

1 comment :

George Douglass Watt said...

Yet again this blogsite has come up trumps for me. I look forwards to many more visits to West Jesmond - and also to this wonderful jazz emporium with its information by the bucketful.


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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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