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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).

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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

Afternoon

Jazz

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.

Evening

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.

Blues/Funk/Soul

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 24, 2010

Tom Sawyer in Tenerife

Back from 11 days in Tenerife. Didn't expect to find any jazz but got several surprises. At lunch time each day the local Spanish Radio 3 put on an excellent jazz program featuring all styles and always a comprehensive list of the artists.
As usual the entertainment in the hotel was limited to bingo, a keyboard player doing "Oompah" music for the Germans.
There was also a guy who we called Tommy the Trumpeter who stood and played keyboards and sang or played trumpet at the same time. He did quite a good job of "Wonderful World" and "We have all the time in the world".
I know you are now part of the Jazz Clubs of the World site - but I found a venue that slipped through the net.
Music concerts are held in Puerto de la Cruz every 2 weeks by the Canaries Foundation (see program).
Last Saturday night 5 euros found me in a nice venue with approx 100 other ageing European holidaymakers. The band were all young Spanish guys - and, despite the name - the Tom Sawyer Dixieland Band - there was no Tom Sawyer. It was all a bit clinical. They were classically trained and played from the copy. The (curved) soprano player blew with a nice tone, sometimes like a clarinet on the likes of High Society. For me the real plus was the fact that drummer did not have a full kit with him. His side drum and cymbal playing was great. In 50 years time will this by the type of jazz people will be listening to?
Please note Tiger with no Rag and only one Saint etc
Mark Twain a.k.a. John Taylor.

1 comment :

Bill Weston said...

Regarding the article Tom Sawyer in Tenerife. We were there (Puerto de la Cruz) last year, for a month, and visited the venue twice. It is called The Bambi Hotel" and has a very smart auditorium with a balcony as well. Waiters are on hand to serve the drinks and the T/D makes her announcements in Spanish, English and German. My opinion of the music was that it was OK. What was also interesting about the evening was the elegance of the audience. The ladies especially being dressed immaculately and the men very smart. No casual clothes there.

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