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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.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

More on Stepneys Tuesday Mar. 2.

Gateshead College Foundation Degree in Popular Music & BA Hons Degree in Contemporary Popular Music staff and students present an evening of jazz standards, Latin, jazz funk and jazz pop from three marvellous bands. 'The Splint'a's' The evening opens at 7.30 with a set from our in house function band 'The Splint'a's' - a collective of rhythm section, wind players and vocalists who perform a rich mixture of standards, light pop, funk and function tunes. Harder Snails Exciting 9 piece band comprising 5 piece rhythm section, 3 horns and 3 vocalists. The set includes jazz standards, Latin jazz, jazz funk and jazz pop (performing tunes recorded by Michael Buble, Daniel Merriweather, Spyrogyra, Chick Corea, Maxwell and more). Cordoroy Pillow Guaranteed to make an impression. This sophisticated band (5 piece rhythm & 2 vocalists) will present a programme of jazz fusion (performing tunes recorded by Chick Corea, Jeff Beck, Pat Metheny, Bobby Cauldwell and more) Technical support will be provided by music technology students. Tuesday 2 March, Stepneys Bar, Newcastle 7.30 start 3 Bridge View, Stepney Lane, close to Manors Metro Station. 10 mins walk to the City Centre and Quayside.

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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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