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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Horn Dogs @ Bridge Hotel. 20th August.

Graham Hardy (trumpet), Alastair Lord (trumpet), John Wheeler (tenor), Eddie Bellis (trombone), Don Fairley (trombone), Alex Tustin (snare drum), Brendan Murphy (bass drum & percussion), Paul Susans (sousaphone). I was on the horns of a dilemma - to go over to Blaydon to catch Roly's gig or go into town to hear Graham Hardy's new outfit?
Hardy's Horn Dogs and the promise of a topnotch pint won the day. The Isle of Skye Brewery's ''Skyelight'' proved to be a good choice - would the music?
The eight piece band filled the small stage of the upstairs room; the room itself was standing room only as the opener, an uptempo ''Tears of a Clown'' drew rapturous applause from an excited, expectant crowd. Rainbow's ''Since You've Been Gone'' (not exactly familiar jazz material) worked well as did a quickfire slew of film, television and cartoon theme tunes; the theme from the ''A Team'', ''Banana Splits'', ''Flash!'' and a sci-fi medley! The first set rattled along with a couple of bona fide jazz numbers thrown in to appease the Jazz Police (such appeasement wasn't necessary - the JP weren't in attendance) - the Youngblood Brass Band's ''Brooklyn'' (a feature for Eddie Bellis) and the timeless hymn ''What a Friend We Have in Jesus''. These latter tunes demonstrated the band's jazz credentials; the disciplined ensemble work of the brass band and the flawless technique of each and every one of the jazz musicians on the stand. The joint jumpin', the band cookin', the interval offered the welcome opportunity of a refreshing pint. The Bridge Hotel has some of the best beers to be found anywhere and tonight's selection was particularly good. A new barrel had just been introduced in time for the interval - the Big Lamp Brewery's ''A Brew for Bobby''. Tiptop, as they say. The second set proved to be every bit as good as the first. Bright and breezy, a consistently high standard of performance and real enthusiasm shown by all, not least the rhythm section (Tustin, Murphy & Susans). Graham Hardy contributed two original compositions - ''Big and Brassy'' and ''The Melon Felony''. Hardy can write. He should produce and perform more of his own material. At the end of the night the band won an encore. Quite right too. Horn Dogs sent us on our way with ''Hey Jude''. All together now...next time we'll get along to a Horn Dogs gig. Russell.

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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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