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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.



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

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Meanwhile, on the Concourse...

Of course all the action wasn't confined to the concert halls. Some of the best things occurred on the Concourse where one could eat, drink or just listen to some of our better local performers.
Pictured left are the combatants (!) in the vocal invention performance. This was bizarre to say the least but entertaining and good fun for the performers and audience alike.

I'd nipped over to the Hilton to catch the set by Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion but coincided with their interval which was a very nice interval - minor seventh -then returned to the Concourse where our other great diva Ruth Lambert along with Paul Gamblin (gtr) and Paul Susans (bs) were strutting their stuff.
Time After Time, Easy Street, Beautiful Love, My Heart Stood Still just some of the gems.

The Sage's own youth band Jambone rounded off the afternoon fronted by mentors Ryan Quigley and Paul Towndrow.
This was a tremendous set that set the pattern for the evening concert by the SNJO to follow. Needless to say the two mentors were in top form but so also was our boy Harley Johnson on piano and Loretta from Egglescliffe School on tenor plus some others whose names I missed.
Great band - awful shirts!
(With apologies to those bands/performers I've missed out.)

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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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