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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.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Zoe Gilby - Looking Glass CD Launch @ The Cluny

Zoe Gilby (vcl), Noel Dennis (tpt), Mark Williams (gtr), Andy Champion (bs), Richard Brown (dms). Zoe looked gorgeous and sounded great. Having heard the CD for review purposes I knew what to expect but, brilliant as the CD is, it doesn't compare with hearing the same tracks live. Although I've heard Zoe many times over the past 2/3 years I think it was tonight that I fully appreciated the vocal range at her disposal. The ease with which Zoe ascends into the upper register harmonics without any loss of intonation is indicative of how good an ear she has - an essential ingredient for a jazz musician and Zoe is just that - the voice is her instrument, arguably the voice is the greatest instrument of them all. Most of the songs were from the new CD plus Squeeze Me from her first and Caravan from possibly the next. On trumpet, Noel Dennis excelled and we came to realise how much we missed his regular appearances at the old Side Café. Mark Williams, on a roll from Sunday's session at The Bridge, Andy Champion - a bowed bass solo on That Old Black Magic that many a violinist would struggle to match whilst, on the same number, Richard Brown kept the tempo going at a speed that would have got him slung in the nick if he'd been driving a car. It was a grand night fully appreciated by the packed Cluny audience. Emotional moment at the end when Zoe was presented with a bouquet from her dad, trumpet-player Mike Gilby - unable to attend because of ill-health. If you couldn't get make sure you check out the CD. Photos. Lance.

3 comments :

Russell said...

Hi Lance

The CD launch gig was a great start in Zoe's bid for stardom!

Russell

Hil said...

As a Mammy can I please say a BIG thank you Lance and Russell for your support and warm praise.

Plus to all the other lovely people who helped this evening to be a success for Zoe.

Thank you, x

Ann Alex said...

Lance, I must agree that the voice is the greatest instrument of all, but I'm biassed! Sorry I had to miss a good do, but expect to hear Zoe at the Bridge on Oct 24th, when I'll get a pass out from the Folk Club.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Lance