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James Carter: "We played around with 'Nuages' and FUNKED it up, basically." - (DownBeat, September 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 Monday August 19



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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.



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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Ashington Jazz Club.

Jim McBriaty (clt/vcl), Ray Harley (tpt), Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl), Colin Haikney (pno), Ian Hetherington (dms), Alan Rudd (bass), Olive Rudd (vcl).
This is definitely the favourite band of the Elephant stalwarts - so much so that they turn up an hour early to secure a front row seat!
Better than average turnout - almost 50.
After a couple of openers Nobody's Sweetheart saw Jim giving a "New Century Ragtime" slant to his vocal followed by Herbie singing Ballin the Jack and an instrumental version of Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me.
The ever popular Olive sang Some of These Days and they rode out to the interval on My Girl Sal with Ray Harley in top form.
After the raffle Herbie took the vocal on Sonny Boy, Olive sang Just Friends before, in my opinion, the highlight of the evening, Herbie's only harmonica number, the George Benson style Masquerade. Dep piano player Colin Haikney got a nice setting on the keyboard and played very sympathetically.
They received an unbelievable round of applause at the end.
Next came Momma's Gone Goodbye, Melancholy Baby, Sally and In a Mellow Tone. They ended with Swing That Music. Two of Olive's numbers went into double tempo - both carried out without a hitch.
John Taylor.

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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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