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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (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 Saturday September 21



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

Solitude - St John's Church, Grainger St., Newcastle NE1 5JG. 11:00am & 2:00pm. Free. Gabriele Heller’s audio play (40mins).

Jeff Barnhart’s Silent Film Festival: Reel 2 - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Barnhart’s piano accompaniment to classic silent films.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen: River Tyne Jazz Cruise - Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Departing 1:00pm (boarding from 12:30pm) from o/s Pitcher & Piano, returning 4:00pm. Tickets: £25.00. (info 0191 252 9429/07710 528413). On board buffet & Tyne Bank Brewery bar.


Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50. (inc bf). Ronnie Scott's Story: 60th Anniversary Concert.

Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp & Friends - Queen's Hall Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 9:30pm. £15.00. A Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts event.


Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Theatre by the Lake" in Keswick An evening with John Hallam and friends, featuring "Spats" Langham. March 21.

(Because it happened before the Gateshead Festival and arrived after the Festival Ray Robson's review of a concert at Keswick's "Theatre by the Lake" got buried. However, I've brought it forward so those who know Keswick can wallow in its pastoral tranquility and say "I wish I'd been there - maybe in May for the Keswick JF..." - Lance)
John Hallam (clt/sax), Thomas "Spats" Langham (gtr/bjo/vcl), Roy Cansdale (bass), Paul Adams (dms)
 Perhaps a long way to travel from Newcastle to listen to Jazz, but an excellent Sunday lunch at The Sportsman In Laversdale on the way plus the thought of listening to two such accomplished musicians as John Hallam and Spats Langham inspired us to make that journey.
And it was well worth the effort!
A full house in the fairly atmospheric studio was entertained initially by the humorous intro of Paul Adams and the thought that not only were the band being filmed, so were we the audience, for a musical promotion of some sort. However thoughts of stardom were quickly forgotten when the jazz began ...
The superb playing of John Hallam on clarinet and sax was mixed admirably with Spats' marvelous guitar playing, accompanied by excellent rhythm work by Roy and Paul.   Spats sang vocals on a few tracks, in that inimitable "twenties" style he so personifies - ah,  you could close your eyes and go back in time ...
Add a couple of banjo solos from Spats which were well received, and all of a sudden the night had flown over, it always seems to when you are enjoying yourself ...
There are other events at the "Theatre" as part of the Keswick Jazz Festival, Sun 9 to Wed 12 May, well worth a visit, especially the "Evans-Hallam Magic Five", we saw this "new" band at Jan Grasmere Jazz weekend, and they just blew us away... John H is joined by James Evans (both on reeds) with superb pianist Tom Kincaide and 3 great rhythm guys.
Ray Robson.

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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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