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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).


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 16



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

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.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Chilli Road Band @ Baltic Square

The Chilli Road Band, not to be confused with Take it to the Bridge, the band that plays at the Chillingham on Wednesday nights, is a vibrant community band based, as the name implies, in and around the Chillingham Road area of Heaton and includes several pupils, teachers and parents from Chillingham Road School - where the band holds regular rehearsals - as well as other locals and the odd interloper from further afield (me!)
It's not an out and out jazz group although it has a fair number of jazz pieces in the repertoire - "Blue Bossa", "Canteloupe Island", "The Chicken" being typical examples and all 3 were given an airing - literally - tonight in an open air gig at Baltic Square on the Gateshead side of the Millennium Bridge.
The event was a fundraising fire-walk in which the participants, each of whom had to guarantee a minimum of £100 sponsorship for the privilege of walking across some burning logs, did just that. There were quite a number of them, in fact they were queuing up, and as far as I know there were no fatalities. It looks like the organisers - MacMillan Cancer Support - did okay and so they should for it is a deserving cause.
Getting back to the band, it is good to see young, talented musicians getting a taste of ensemble playing in such a loose band rather than the rigid formality of some musical organisations.
At tonight's gig there were about 25 players of varying ages playing a variety of steel pans/drums/percussion as well as a horn section of saxes, trumpets, trombone, flute, clarinet...
Despite the horrors of playing unmiked in the open-air the sound seemed to carry reasonably well and even the occasional music stand swept away by the prevailing mini-tornado didn't faze the players.
Available for weddings, bar-mitzvahs and firewalks.

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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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