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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 Monday September 23



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.



To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Jazz at the Fell.

Jim McBriarty, Gavin Lee, Steve Andrews (reeds), Caroline Irwin, ? , (cor), Neville Hartley (tmb), ? (vln), Phil Rutherford (sousa), Keith Stephen (bjo/gtr), Pete Soulsby (dms).
Liverpool play Sunderland tomorrow without Stephen Gerrard. The New Century Ragtime Orchestra played Jazz at the Fell tonight without Caroline's cheerful chirping.
Our Fair Lady was recuperating from a sore throat and, as such, her activities were restricted to blowing second cornet.
Truly disappointing. However, troupers that they are, the Centurians still gave a fine performance of hot dance music from in and around the First World War.
Jimmy Mac supplied most of the vocals, including a spirited rendition of "Putting on the Ritz". Jim also played clarinet, alto and baritone. "Doing the new Lowdown" was another peppy number with an Hawkinsian solo from Steve that inspired the dancers to take to the floor.
It has to be said that, when it comes to dancing, The Fell outshines any of its peers. Apart from Mr and Mrs Pollard who are inevitably at the centre of any light fantastic tripping there was another couple who, I swear heavens to Betsy, were doing the Turkey Trot!
I can't criticise this band. It is what it is and it probably does it as good as if not better than any other band playing in this style. NCRO I take off my dark brown derby to you. Caroline, the Gee's Linctus is on me.
The moral of tonight's gig? Sunderland - don't take Liverpool, without Gerrard or t'other fellow, for granted.

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