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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.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Alyn Cosker Quartet - a Jazz North East Presentation @ The Corner House, Heaton.

Seamus Blake (ten), David Dunsmuir (gtr), Michael Janisch (bs/bs gtr.) Alyn Cosker (dms).
Pete Horsfall's review on LondonJazz more or less said it all as did Euphbass up in Glasgow so I'll try and avoid repetition.
The plus points. Seamus Blake is an absolutely superb tenor player very much in the Brecker mode. He is contemporary without resorting to the wounded Banshee sounds of so many 'forward seeking' players. As well as Brecker there was more than a hint of Rollins and Coltrane about his playing as he sailed through the changes. Indeed, had Zoot Sims been born 50 years later he may have sounded like Seamus.
Janisch we remembered from his own gig at Live Theatre during the Summer. It doesn't seem to matter whether he's on double bass or bass guitar he keeps it all together.
Dunsmuir, an excellent guitarist with technique to spare, was slightly short-changed inasmuch as he wasn't always heard clearly due to the powerhouse machine that is Alyn Cosker.
It's perhaps unfair to criticise Cosker as the room is relatively small but to these ears he could have filled The Arena volumewise. He was loud like about fffffff and then some. Indeed at times it was difficult to differentiate between solo and accompaniment.
Having said that, he is an amazing drummer who takes no prisoners. So what, I hear you ask, were the minus points?
The lighting at the Corner House is abysmal hence my lack of photos. Seamus Blake was stood at the front of the unusable stage - bathed in shadow - taking the muse above and beyond the boundaries of creation without so much as a 60w Mazda to light up his features.
But that's The Corner House these days. Rumour has it it is due for refurbishment which it certainly needs. Problem is, if and when the refurbishment takes place, will the owners still welcome the jazz that has helped to make it a worldwide name on the UK gig scene?
As well as all that, I had a cold.
Say aaagh!

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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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