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Poncho Sanchez: "When I perform it's my life story." - (DownBeat October 2019).


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 Thursday September 19



Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.



Alexito & Loco Machine - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ (booking essential). Guest: Alice Grace.

Bradley Johnston Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student).

Sudden Jazz Quintet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free (donations).

Eclectic - Tees Hot Club, Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9:00pm. Free. Rick Laughlin (keys); Alan Thompson, Dan Johnson, Sue Ferris, Josh Bentham (saxes); Ian Halford (drums).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.



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

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Joscho Stephan Trio @ Customs House, South Shields. March 17.

Joscho Stephan (guitar), Gunther Stephan (guitar) & Max Schaaf (double bass). The Studio space in the Customs House hosted a return visit to South Shields by the German born Django disciple Joscho Stephan.
A smattering of applause from a disappointingly small audience welcomed the trio to the stage. From the start Django Reinhardt was at the heart of the performance; Django's Tiger and Minor Blues proved to be excellent vehicles for Joscho to demonstrate his total command of the idiom. Swing News was the first of several original compositions to feature throughout the evening. The trio never strayed too far from the familiar and the audience was treated to Caravan and Charlie Chaplin's Smile. Stephan cites Chet Atkins as an influence and concluded the first set with a dazzling take on Main Street Breakdown.
The second set offered more of the same; Take the A Train, a gypsy waltz La Gitane and a vigourous workout on Honeysuckle Rose. No concert with such inextricable links to the Hot Club era would be complete without Nuages and so it was we got it. The closer was Sweet Georgia Brown with a finger-style intro from Joscho - I can hear this tune any time and in the hands of this virtuoso trio it didn't disappoint.
A two-tune encore followed and then it was all over. The lack of applause for each and every one of Joscho's brilliant solo excursions was perplexing, disappointing and at times, embarrassing (although applause was plentiful at the end of each number). Gunther Stephan's Hot Club-style rhythm accompaniment was first rate (the occasional solo would have been welcome) and bassist Max Schaaf's unobtrusive, authoritative performance was as good as it gets. The next time Joscho Stephan visits the north east treat yourself. Russell.

1 comment :

Lance said...

Yes he put on a great show last year and I almost went this time around but I felt my batteries needed re-charging so I didn't even make it over to the Chilli.
I think he's the best I've heard in that idiom.

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