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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.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Geoff Simkins & Dave Cliff @ Blaydon Jazz Club.

Geoff Simkins (alt), Dave Cliff (gtr), Neil Harland (bs), David Carnegie (dms).
When I woke up this morning, as one (hopefully) does, I had no idea I was going to write a poem about a doorman in a jazz club. But I did - see a previous post. When I arrived at Blaydon tonight I had no idea I was to be the doorman in a jazz club that night but I was!
Isn't life just one big coincidence?
However, what isn't a coincidence is that there was some excellent music played in the club tonight - I've come to expect it and have yet to be let down.
Brighton based Geoff Simkins is that rare bird - an alto player who has managed to almost totally evade the Charlie Parker Syndrome. I say almost as there were occasional birdlike flourishes and the unison theme statement between guitar and alto on "Hot House" was pure 52nd St. but, on the whole, he played more in an Art Pepper/Lee Konitz vein which was quite delightful - Roly thought him the most lyrical player to have played Blaydon and, after hearing his solo and final cadenza on "Darn That Dream," he could be right.
Dave Cliff is a nice easy player. Sensitive and laid back his long linear solos at times harked back to Billy Bauer and Lennie Tristrano.
A piece by tenor saxist Ted Brown, "Smog Eyes", did indeed show a strong Tristrano influence and the guitar/alto interplay could have come straight out of one of Lennie's Capital sessions with Konitz and Bauer.
It was a good mix of standards "How Deep is the Ocean", "Body and Soul", "Au Privave", "Gone With The Wind" - "Its You or No One" a real gem.
David Carnegie and Neil Harland were, as ever, the perfect bass and drums with Neil outstanding on a waltz that was new to me - "Some Time Ago". Not many bass players can swing in waltztime but Neil did.
This is about as modern as it gets at Blaydon. Photos from Eddie Jessop. 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.
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