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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 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 Sunday August 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Bradley Johnston Trio + Giles Strong Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00.

Dan Garel & Friends - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

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

Friday, July 16, 2010

Evan Christopher 'Django a la Creole' @ The Sage, Gateshead. July 15th

Evan Christopher (clarinet), Dave Blekhorn (guitar), Dave Kelbie (guitar) & Sebastien Girardot (double bass)
The Sage, Gateshead, presented the second of three concerts with a distinct New Orleans connection with the appearance of Evan Christopher's Django a la Creole in a well attended Hall Two (two weeks earlier N'Orlinian Wynton Marsalis gave a memorable performance - in Hall One - with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and later this month Jon Cleary will be in the company of the Crescent City's Dirty Dozen Brass Band).
Clarinetist Christopher formed his European quartet Django a la Creole to explore Django Reinhardt's association with American jazz and a myriad of cultural influences from Latin America and the Caribbean. Two CDs - Django a la Creole and Finesse - have been recorded thus far and concert appearances have taken the band across Europe and to New Orleans itself. Sidney Bechet, Barney Bigard, Jimmy Noone (and Duke, of course), Hubert Rostaing, Jelly Roll Morton - all, together with Django, were at the heart of Christopher's loving presentation of the music. Manoir de mes Reves, Dinette, I Know That You Know (a first set highlight), Passport to Paradise and others demonstrated the clarinetist's credentials as a player and a man of taste. The accomplished Dave Blenkhorn had many opportunities to solo, French bassist Sebastien Girardot took his turn in the spotlight and the 'engine room' as Christopher described him, Dave Kelbie, was (and is) a Hot Club-style rhythm guitarist par excellence.
Bigard featured again in the second set with Christopher to the fore on Solid Old Man. Other tunes such as Mood Indigo, Tropical Moon and a dashing Riverboat Shuffle (all of which can be found on the the new CD Finesse) were choice cuts as were Douce Ambience and Low Cotton from the debut CD Django a la Creole.
Evan Christopher played unamplified. He complimented the venue, declaring it to be a 'wonderful space' and the minimal use of amplification by his colleagues was, he said, not for volume but clarity. Christopher is a fine musician and a fine ambassador for the city of New Orleans.
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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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