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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 July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Zoe Gilby & Andy Champion @ Blaydon Jazz Club.

Zoe Gilby (vcl), Andy Champion (bs).
The singer who decides to do a number accompanied only by double bass walks a musical tightrope. The failure rate is high. Fortunately, the fall is cushioned by the safety net of having the comfort zone of a band to fall back on in the next number.
However, when the chanter elects to play a whole gig with only the bass for support then there ain't no safety net and disaster beckons with every note.
That no such catastrophe occurred tonight speaks volumes for Zoe and Andy performing only their second gig as a duo.
"Time After Time", "Comes Love", "Nice Work If You Can Get it," "Round Midnight", "One Note Samba" were just some of the mouthwatering gems Sir Andrew and Dame Zoe treat the Blaydon faithful to. "A Weaver of Dreams" - absolutely ravishing - "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" aaah - Roberta Flack, Clint Eastwood and the film "Play Misty for Me". I could feel the hair curling on the back of my neck as Zoe brought back memories of that scary film. Among it all Andy performed like an orchestra in support of his future missus. His solos were something else too.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was when Zoe introduced a song written by one of Bebop Spoken Here's contributers. I refer to George Milburn.
"Take It Easy ...But Take It." was given its world premiere tonight in Blaydon. Well done George we are proud of you it's got a clever lyric - it's a good song and Zoe and Andy did it justice.
In the final "West Coast Blues" Zoe ad libbed tributes to George, Roly who organised the gig, and to Bebop Spoken Here - nice one Zoe.
Lance.

3 comments :

Roly said...

I was enthralled by this concert from start to finish. You could tell from the first few notes it was all going to work. Agreed, well done Zoe & Andy - a wonderful effort.
Roly

George M said...

Lyrical Lance, thanks for your kind words when all I could say was, "It could be a tad faster!" ungrateful swine, flew by when we were having so much fun! This duo performance should be an album which I would play and play ; on Mark Self's film you can hear the pins dropping all the way through - along with the discerning jazz jaws! www.musicfilmbroth.com

Liz said...

Zoe is some Chanteuse & that's for sure, do hope that one day I will get to see her & Andy. The choice of numbers was superb
Liz

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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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