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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).


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 Monday September 16



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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.



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

Monday, September 13, 2010

Legohead @ Splinter @ The Bridge, Newcastle. September 13th.

Lloyd Wright (guitar), Jon Proud (electric bass) & David Francis (drums) The Legohead fan club was out in force last night to hear the trio play another gig in the soon to be refurbished upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel. Legohead write original material; distinctive and at times playfully quirky. The versatile David Francis develops endless rhythmic drum (and drum 'n' bass) patterns, bassist Jon Proud lays down assured Jaco inspired figures and the wizard of the fretboard, Lloyd Wright, is just that, a wizard of the fretboard.
Bunkers, Avon and From Out of the Ashes are now familiar numbers to Bridge regulars. Wright has, one could say, all the chords and more. Lyrical, swinging on occasion and a feast of fusion at his fingertips. Sometimes you get all this within a few bars, all done with panache and a smile. Broken Foot, Curve and a new tune The Fibonacci Effect drew deserved applause and the last tune of the night was the crowd pleaser Getaway Driver.
Legohead will be back at the Bridge, no doubt about it. Meanwhile, what will the refurbishment bring? Hopefully John Fitzgerald's, the pub company, will do little to the pub. The wonderful photographs of blues and r'n'b legends adorning the walls have been taken down ready for the decorators to move in. Perhaps this would be an opportune moment to think about replacing them with some images of jazz greats (regional, national and international) shot by some of the north east's best photographers. Photos from Adrian Tilbrook. Splinter @ The Bridge next Sunday (19th) features the extraordinary Eugene Chadbourne with Roger Turner and Andy Champion. 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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