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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 September 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Cancelled!

JCM: In Memory of Jon Hiseman - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:00pm. £20.00. (£18.00. adv.). Clem Clemson (guitar); Mark Clarke (bass); Ralph Salmins (drums). Support: T-A-B ((Tom Atkinson Band).

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Alter Ego - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Blues

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

70 Good Reasons For going to the Chilli.

Alan Glen (pno), John Pope (bs), David Carnegie (dms).
Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Barrie Ascroft (pno), Jim Crinson (bs), Eric Stutt (dms) + Harley Johnson (pno), Chris Finch (pno).
Once again Alan Glen, ably abetted by David Carnegie and John Pope, hit the spot as they laid down their marker on numbers such as "If I Should Lose You", "I Hear a Rhapsody", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", a version of "Easy Living" that was so evocative it was almost erotic!
"I Thought About You" - always a fave of mine - was given an unusual semi rock/latin rhythm that seemed to work.
As we have come to expect from Alan a couple of Bud Powellish boppers - "Bud's Bubble" and a one whose name escapes me. They swung like the proverbial.
Throughout, John Pope's bass playing was rocklike in ensemble yet full of subtle humour in his solos. His prowess continues to grow - he's a contender.
On drums, David, the undefeated champ, drove the trio forward - his inevitable workout at the end proving he had technique to spare.
For an encore - "Blue Monk".
As good a set as any Alan has laid down over the past year or so.
Earlier, Dave W - filling out a Miles Davis tee shirt that was lovingly created by partner Judith and daughter ? for his big 70 opened up with a powerful vocal on "On Green Dolphin Street" This was so gutsy it could have been re-titled "Down Green Dolphin Alley". "Five Brothers" swung along and I was delighted to hear "Some Time Ago" again. This is the waltz I heard - not so long ago - Frank Brooker and Dave Cliff play at Blaydon last week. Dave very thoughtfully dug it out of his pad so I could hear it again. thank you Dave. The set closed with "Whisper Not" and "Stella By Starlight".
After Alan's set, Harley sat in for a wild "Well You Needn't" - I hope he didn't fire that at the Blue Peter crowd! (Watch out for it in December.) It rocked it swung it was Monastic to the extreme. Eric had a brilliant exchange and Jim kept it all within the bounds of sanity.
Chris took over on "All The Things You Are" - not the best tune to be hit with in an unfamiliar key but he coped manfully.
If you examine the photo you'll gasp and then marvel at its rarity - Dave blowing unmuted!
The evening finished off with an over extended version of "Wave".
Pleased to see some new faces in the audience.
Lance.
PS: Dave's birthday coincided with that of Art Blakey so a belated many happy returns Dave.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Lance

That tune that reminded you of Bud Powell was 'Woody N You'.

Lance said...

Thanks Harley.

cptfinch said...

Yes - I thought the choice of standards throughout was good. I enjoyed the rarer gems (rarer to me anyway) "Five Brothers", "Some Time Ago" and "Bud's Bubble".

The night was made even sweeter by winning one of Dave's quality bootleg records.

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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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