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Bebop Spoken There

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 Sunday August 25

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Alice Grace & Nick Pride @ Great North Feast, Bents Park, Sea Road, South Shields NE33 2LD. Time 12 noon-1:00pm. Free. A 'Proper Food & Drink Festivals' event - 10:00am-5:00pm.

Zoë Gilby Family All Stars - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

John Pope Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlngton DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 2:00pm. Free.

The Palaminos - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Buck Clayton Legacy Band - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 7:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Line-up: Menno Daams, Ian Smith (trumpets), Robert Fowler (alto sax), Matthias Seuffert (tenor sax), Adrian Fry (trombone), Martin Litton (piano), Alyn Shipton (double bass), Clark Tracey (drums). Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Joseph Carville Trio - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 AS. Tel: 01325 332255. 7:30pm.

Francis Tulip Quintet - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. Quintet feat Xhosa Cole (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018).

The Comet is Coming - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton TS18 1AT. Tel: 01642 606525. 8:00pm. £14.00.

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

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Just a reminder that TODAY is SUNDAY @ The BRIDGE ALL DAY!

Today, Sunday looks like being the Sunday to end all Sundays except it is but the beginning!
The action takes place in the Bridge Hotel, appropriately sited at the Newcastle end of the High Level Bridge, where a cast, comprising of the regions Prima "Donna Lee's," will strut it.
The event is entitled Splinter, so it is only fitting that 'Splinter' - the shavings from the Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra should fire the opening shots.
They are a fantastic octet(?) with some brilliant arrangements and knockout soloists.
Splinter are there from High (Level) Noon.
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1:15 in the post meridien sees HCW step up to the plate. Christos Worsley on bass, Ed Carr on guitar and John Hirst on drums are known and fondly remembered from the Side Café so look for some jazz funk grooves.
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ACV was formed by Bassist Andy Champion as a vehicle to showcase his compositions. The music draws from his main influences - Jazz, Progressive Rock and Metal with a healthy amount of free-improvisation thrown in for good measure. 2:15 blast off.
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An hour later, Mark Williams - in my humble opinion, definitely the North-east's, probably the UK's, possibly even The World's most versatile Irish jazz guitarist living in Newcastle, takes over for a trio set. (ps: I bet he's pretty big on Jupiter too!)
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At 4:15 it really is High Noon with La deux Chanteuse d'Cullercoats going head to head. Zoe and Ruth are in training for this one!
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5:15 sees Claude Werner unleashing the fastest tenor saxophone around - this guy don't take no prisoners this guy. Nor does his quartet. Powerful.
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6:15 it's the turn of the Safe Sextet who tunnelled out of the Jazz Cafe to be here. They should take some fans back with them - solid band.
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7:15 If you'e still standing, Saxophonics will show you just how a saxophone ensemble should sound - their accuracy is frightening!
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8:15 Alter Ego tread the boards - bebop and beyond is spoken there!
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9:15 Tiptoe carefully across the dead bodies that, after 9 hours of drinking in the music and the ale, have succumbed to one or the other. Choose a seat facing the direction of your homeward journey because, when Extreme Measures light the blue touchpaper you ain't gonna need no Metro or taxi cab. This is music that will lift you out of your seat and send you home rejoicing on a wing and a prayer.
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All this for a mere £4! Sounds like a bargain to end all bargains - start queing now.
I said at the beginning that this was the beginning and it is - Sunday evenings at the Bridge are going to be the place to be beginning the week after.
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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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.)
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Lance