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Giovanni Guidi: "So many jazz albums today are all original compositions, and five minutes after the record is finished, you can't remember a single song. I think it's a problem." - (JazzTimes Oct. 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 Friday October 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things - Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 7:00pm. £8.30. - £5.80. Film (2019, 89 mins) directed by Leslie Woodhead. Swing Bridge Trio in Café Bar following screening.

Dave O’Higgins & Colin Oxley - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. £20.00. ‘O’Higgins & Oxley Play Monk & ‘Trane’. Oxley replaces Rob Luft.

Paul Taylor - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. Tel: 0191 334 5119. 7:30pm. Free (donations). An Ushaw Piano Festival event.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Guisborough Big Band - Saltburn Golf Club, Guisborough Road, Saltburn TS12 1NJ. Tel: 01287 622812. Time TBC.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. Time 8:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Blues/Soul etc.

Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Friday, December 11, 2009

JAZZ – That horrible oobly doobly stuff!!

As most of you know, we at Blaydon Jazz Club reached our 25th anniversary in Sept. The reason we have survived this long is, I think, by keeping the music very accessible. It may not always be the jazz purist’s cup of tea but this is our niche and it’s what our particular audience seem to want. We hoped that it might bring in new people whose appetite might be whetted for jazz in all it’s styles.


As we received a small amount of funding (a new experience – thanks to Gateshead MBC/Grass Roots Grants) we took the opportunity to undertake a lot of promotion – posters all over the Tyne Valley area in shops, libraries etc, listings in Gateshead Council News (goes to every house in the borough) and A4 posters to all Gateshead MBC arts groups/network contacts. This as well as the usual jazz networking sources of info.

We have had some great concerts this autumn well supported by the regular jazz aficionados but, amazingly, all the effort to bring in new people to give jazz a try has resulted in not one single ‘new’ person arriving at the door. I don’t know – we have to be thankful for the wonderful loyal folk who support us through thick and thin, and I guess we do it for them, but it makes you wonder.

So tomorrow I’m going to buy 20 cans of lager and spend about 10 hours watching football on the telly, then some real talent on X-Factor, then I’ll probably go for a curry takeaway and ensure I throw the polystyrene carton and half eaten contents on the pavement somewhere before throwing up a bit further along the road back home English culture eh? You can’t beat it.
Roly

1 comment :

Liz said...

You make perfect sense Roly, and oh how I wish we lived locally to enjoy those Blaydon nights.Even though I do not physically walk through the door I feel I live them through "Bebop Spoken Here"...just keep on doing what you do so well. I always enjoy your comments and especially your choice of ballads which as you may have gathered are "my thing". Maybe next time at Boston Spa eh?
all the best
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.
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