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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 Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Monday, May 24, 2010

Splinter @ The Bridge - The Geordie Approach & Andy Champion

The remit of Splinter @ The Bridge is to present jazz & improvised music and last night's offering was very much at the non-jazz end of the spectrum. On a sweltering Sunday evening on Costa del Tyneside Andy Champion (electric bass & electronics) opened proceedings with a short set of solo bass improvisations.
Champion, seated, written parts at hand, made use of pedalboard loops to create a multi layered soundscape. Technique to spare, Splinter's MC visited the territory of electric bass pioneers Stanley Clarke, Jaco, Bootsy, Marcus Miller & co... On occasion a blues rock riff suggested a place could be on offer in Rory Gallagher's band - had the genial Irishman still been around. In turn, sounds were shaped from Champion's double bass repertoire. This was a considered performance resisting temptation to switch to freakout mode. A work in progress.
The Geordie Approach: Petter Frost Fadnes (alto saxophone & electronics), Chris Sharkey (guitar & electronics) & Stale Birkeland (drums & electronics). The Geordie Approach, a three piece, sees Gateshead's Chris Sharkey linking up with two Norwegians by way of LIMA (Yorkshire not Peru) to produce, in their own words, ''uncompromising...loose improvisational structures'' with ''ideas sometimes getting lost''. Petter Frost Fadnes cites his influences as ''nobody but everyone''.
The Geordie Approach sound like nobody but everyone. Pedalboards clutter the stage and a bewildering devil's brew of a sound emanates forth. Guitarist Sharkey is well known to north east audiences (On the Outside Festival, Spelk and trio VD) and he delivered yet again. Hidden behind cool shades, magician Sharkey conjured tricks at every turn; dissonance, noise, lascerating fusion, wonderful. Alto saxophonist Petter Frost Fadnes sat on a chair but this was no New Orleans old timer. He was biding his time, constructing haunting, sometimes harsh, calling signals. Rising from his seat to join the fray, the trio produced the most thrilling cacophony - alto and guitar were as one (an express train on the East Coast main line hurtled by adding to the glorious din in the upstairs room of the Bridge). Drummer Dr.Stale Birkeland, a top class player and equal contributor to the collective, utilised yet another pedalboard. The dynamic, full-on trio excursions were high points in an intriguing performance. For those with an interest in the on stage equipment this was a masterclass in the use of the pedalboard.
Russell

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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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