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Bebop Spoken There

James Carter: "We played around with 'Nuages' and FUNKED it up, basically." - (DownBeat, September 2019).


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 Wednesday August 21



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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.


Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm.

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.


Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Ruby without 'Jools' is still a Jewel. Ruby Turner @ The Sage, Gateshead.

Ruby Turner (vcl), Al MacSween (keys), Simon Moore (dms), Nick Marland (gtr), Paul Pryor (bs gtr).
We packed out Hall Two - all three tiers of it. An eager hush of anticipation falls as the band go into a 'vamp till ready' mode. The riff builds up then, suddenly, the audience erupt and it's game on - Ruby's here!
A one set, non-stop, gig - no interval to slake your thirst or cool you down.
Gospel and Soul intermingle and I'm sure the Good Lord approves.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe's This Train rocks like no Gospel train ever rocked before. Stay With Me Baby sings Ruby and we stay - we ain't goin' nowhere!
Ruby sounds good singing with Jools' Big Band but hearing her exposed with just a quartet behind her the gal loses nothing by comparision. The rich timbre of her powerful contralto reaches out and finds every corner of the room - particularly in Oh Mary Don't You Weep.
All too soon it's finale time - I'd Rather Go Blind - a number that 'charted' in 1987.
A belter, it brings the crowd to their feet (myself included) and we bay like Banshees for more.
After the inevitable 'will she? won't she?' cliffhanging routine Ruby returns and gives out with another charter from that period If You're Ready.
We are ready!
The band has extended solos all-round but, sadly, I don't catch their names which are lost midst the roar of the crowd (nor are Ruby's websites any more forthcoming so please someone help me out here) they all sounded pretty jazzy at heart.
A good night - one Helluva good night!
PS: Thanks to Gaynor of The Sage for finalising the names.

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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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