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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 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 July 24



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.


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.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

CD Review: Red Hot Mama by The Rhythm Boys featuring Spats Langham

Mike Durham (tpt); Paul Munnery (tmb); Matthias Seuffert or Norman Field (reeds); Tom 'Spats' Langham (vcl, gtr, bjo, uke); Martin Litton or Keith Nichols (pno); J.C.Hallam (bs) or Frans Sjostrom (bs sax); Nick Ward (dms).
I'm a firm believer that one should never judge a book (or a CD) by its cover. However, this Dave Kerr designed piece of decorative art almost caused me to make this an exception! When I saw the list of titles (mainly lesser known songs from the 1920's to the 1940's) I suspected I was in for an audio treat as well as a visual one - I wasn't disappointed.
John Carstairs Hallam and Mike Durham, who produced the album as well as playing trumpet, are local musicians whilst the others appear on both sides of the River Tyne with an amazing regularity.
Spats himself is a fine megaphonic type vocalist and he does full justice to the tunes as well as contributing to the 'string section' with Eddie Langish guitar and nods towards Cliff 'Ukulele Ike' Edwards.
The other soloists fit perfectly into the genre with Matthias outstanding.
Red Nichols, the California Ramblers and a host of other twenties/thirties bands are brought to life in this delightful time capsule and if there is one tune (truthfully there are 18 of them!) that does it for me it's Can't We Talk It Over. A tune that I've loved ever since the day, many years ago, that I came across it on a flexible 78rpm disc by the Durium Dance Band. A Victor Young/Ned Washington tune - need I say more?
This CD is due out on Dec 10 - click on photo for details.
PS: For maximum enjoyment wear your two tone brogues and, afterwards, go for a spin in a Flivver with a Red Hot Mama of your acquaintance...


Ann Alexander said...

Lance, In your caption to the CD cover you call this lady Zelda. How did you know her name? Or did you just call her that? Or is she some film star that I don't recognise?

Lance said...

Ah sweet mystery of life - who is Zelda - what is she? Is she the face in a train that is passing by? Is she the girl next door (not!)
Truth is I don't know - perhaps i will spend the rest of my life trying to find out or maybe I should just ask Mike Durham who produced the CD and provided the caption.

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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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