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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 Wednesday August 21



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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.


Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm.

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.


Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Review - Mark Williams Trio : Balaclava Street

Anyone who didn't pick up Mark's CD after his recent trio gig at the Bridge faces a future of 'what might have been' and 'if only'. For make no mistake this is a very listenable disc by three of the best guys around.
Mark's versatility and ability to fit into whatever setting he is plunged is legendary but here, for 8 of the 10 tracks, it is Mark the jazzman - think of the Tal Farlow Trio and you're getting close.
The switcheroo occurs on track 6 - Cow Pat - here the pedals are pressed, the dials twiddled, a distortion unit comes into play and we're maybe into John Schofield mode. Still sounds good and it's a really catchy riff. The compelling Minor Detail also goes down this road and Mark's wild side emerges - loud, frenetic, yet never losing his inate musicality.
Back to normality for the title track. Balaclava Street is quite a lovely tune with just a hint of How Deep Is The Ocean about it.
Although this is Mark's album it is in effect a menage a trois by three consenting adults.
Paul Susans is one of the ever expanding number of quality north-east bassists capable of doing more than walking the dog. Paul's lines are integral to the whole thing.
Like Mark, David Carnegie's middle name is 'Ubiquitous' - try and remember a gig at The Bridge where neither of them were playing! On this disc David provides the power that keeps the other two on track as well as adding his own directives.
Track Mark down - he's not hard to find - and grab a copy whilst it's still around.

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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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