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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.

Until July 21

Today Tuesday July 16

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

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Monday, December 07, 2009

Rendezvous Jazz @ The Piper, Cullercoats. December 5th.

Maureen Hall (vocals), Mac Smith (piano), Barry Soulsby (clarinet & vocals), Iain MacAulay (trombone, bagpipes & vocals), Alan Smith (trumpet & flugelhorn), John Robinson (double bass) & Jim McKeown (drums) + second set Liz Bacon (clarinet), Doris Fenn (banjo). 
(Review by Russell)

Saturday night was Christmas party night at the Piper. I arrived in Cullercoats just in time for the rain clouds from over the North Sea to chase me up Farringdon Road. Cullercoats in winter is an inhospitable place to be so the promise of a pint, a buffet and some jazz made the trip worthwhile.

Seats all but taken, however, I managed to get seated at the back of the room near the bar and within striking distance of the buffet table. 'At the Jazz Band Ball' got things under way with guest trumpeter Alan Smith playing strong lead in a cracking frontline of Smith, Soulsby & MacAulay. 'Careless Love', usually one for Maureen to sing, was, on this occasion, taken by MacAulay with nice muted trumpet from Smith.

A first set highlight was 'Swing that Music'. The tune was given a great workout with telling contributions from the three-strong frontline (Smith playing flugel), anchorman John Robinson and Jimmy McKeown swinging it mightily (with brushes too!). So good was the number it had this listener thinking of Buck Clayton with Humph's band!

The interval buffet was a feast to feed the five thousand. All present did their best to see it off yet it seemed little impression was made on the food mountain (doggy bags were available). The raffle offered no fewer than sixteen prizes. The odds looked good, All numbers drawn, I went home empty-handed.

The second set introduced clarinetist Liz Bacon and the redoubtable Doris Fenn on banjo. Bacon and Soulsby paired well on 'Bourbon Street Parade', MacAulay sang, in 12 bar format, 'Life is Rosey', bandleader Maureen Hall sang huskily all night (she sounded good!) and Barry Soulsby did comic justice to Christmas Day in the Work House (aka 'St. James' Infirmary').

There was a hat parade (Doris Fenn led the merry dance) and the finale was down to Scot Iain MacAulay and his pipes - 'Saints' and 'Jingle Bells' sending us on our merry way.

January's first Saturday in the month gig at the Piper will be on the second Saturday (January 9th, 8.30.p.m.,£2.00. at the door). Maureen and 'the boys' can next be heard well before then, indeed your next opportunity is tomorrow night (Tuesday 8th) at Hyem (formerly Echo Bar) on Chillingham Road in Heaton. Admission is free. Hyem Jazz Club is a new venture - it would be nice to see it well supported.
Russell

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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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