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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 09, 2010

Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant Jesmond.

The Cherry Tree prides itself on its high quality food and fast efficient service so it comes as no surprise to find that the Osborne Road restaurant is now ranked number one in the North East on the Tripadviser website.
Last night, this was coupled with a very high class musical ensemble comprising some of the best musicians in the North East: Graham Hardy (tpt/flug), Mark Williams (gtr), Neil Harland (bs) and Rob Walker (dms).
What a concert they played !
Their playlist included, My Romance, El Baile Del Loco (a Graham Hardy original), I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (don't we all?), How Insensitive, The Very Thought Of You (beautiful solo from Graham), In A Mellow Tone, The Melon Felony (another Graham original), and finishing with But Not For Me.
Every member of the band contibuted to a memorable evening greatly appreciated by an audience which included two large parties on the mezzanine floor.
Future bookings:
Monday Feb 15: Mo Scott with Rod Sinclair (first appearance at the restaurant ) and Neil Harland,
Monday Feb 22: Mick Donnelly (first appearance ) with Paul Edis, Mick Shoulder and Aden Sinclair.
Monday March 1 Zoe Gilby with her Quartet.
Book tables now on 0191 2399924.

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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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