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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.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie's

Olive Rudd (vcl), Ray Harley (tpt), Herbie Hudson (tmb/vcl), Jim McBriarty (clt/vcl), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Tommy Graham (dms).
Despite the demise of the River City Jazzmen - chronicled elsewhere - today it seemed as though they'd never been gone. On stage at Rosie's there were at least three former members from three different editions of the RCJ plus a couple of RCJ occasionals. There was even one of their former drummers in the audience.
Like the River City, the Maine Street Jazzmen are firm in their belief that good jazz should also be good entertainment and that's what today was all about.
As I passed through the portals of Rosie Malone's I was engulfed by a Kid Ory-like upward glissando on Savoy Blues - Herbie Hudson 'callin' the chillun home'.
For a moment I though it was 1954 and I was in the Beverly Cavern out in LA. But no, the music may have been caught in a timewarp, a most enjoyable timewarp I hasten to add, but this was definitely South Shields 2010 - the cigarette littered pavement told me that.
The musical timewarp ambience continued with Jim McBriarty's vocal on Nobody's Sweetheart; almost sacrilege to use a mic. it should have been a megaphone. I love the line "... painted lips, painted eyes, wearing a bird of paradise..." could the era be better typified?
Ballin' the Jack brought back memories of school dances and of buying a 78rpm version by Ory in a record shop in Hawick (Scotland) - still got it.
Olive strutted her familiar repertoire - Some of These Days, Swing That Music, Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland, I Double Dare You , winners all but it is a long time since I heard her sing I Thought About You (request for next week.)
Ray led the ensembles and soloed with his customary vigour and Jim, when not waxing lyrical over birds of paradise played his, as ever, flawless clarinet solo's. Rhythm section were solid Jackson with Malcolm making out like Bob Zurke of the old Bob Crosby Bobcats.
It was a good afternoon. You guys who haven't stowed away on the ferry don't know what your missing in sunny (ish) South Shields.

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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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