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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Dease: "Slide [Hampton] is also one of the people to expand the range of the horn, so he's popping out high Fs like they're breakfast cereals." - (JazzTimes Oct. 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 Saturday October 19



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

Dave O'Higgins Masterclass - Hurworth Grange, Hurworth Road, Hurworth, Darlington DL2 2BN. 12 noon - 2:00pm. £20.00. A Jazz Blowers' event, places limited. Details:

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Central Methodist Church, 21 Cockton Hill Rd., Bishop Auckland DL14 6EN. 2:00pm. £4.00. A memorial concert in memory of Gavin Belton.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 5:45pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).




Teresa Watson 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.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Jazz Café and Old Man Crombie Just keep Rolling (and Rocking) along

Peter Gilligan (pno); Mark Williams (gtr); Claire Kelly (vcl); Ray Burns (hca/acc); Paul Grainger (bs); Elaine Binney (vln).
The wintry weather continued and it wasn't surprising that the Jazz Café was low on customers and performers when I arrived. The archaic sounds of Ken Colyer filled the air. Keith Crombie explained that they had a visitor from New Orleans and he wanted to make them feel at home.
Peter and Mark eventually made the effort and the piano/guitar duo played some boppy variations on Straight No Chaser and Anthropology. Perhaps as a tribute to Dave Brubeck's 90th Peter managed to work Take Five into the number.
On Wave, Ray Burns - resplendant in a tweed suit topped by a deer-stalker hat - blew chromatic harp and sounded good.
Claire Kelly sang Sweet Georgia Brown in F# without a safety net and followed up with West Coast Blues.
Paul Grainger arrived in time for Solar and How Insensitive - which ended up in a Jimi Hendrix burn with Mark well and truly on fire - insensitive it most certainly was - a real blast furnace!
Elaine joined Claire for Satin Doll that had some doodly accordion from Ray and really nice violin work from Elaine.
Claire and Mark did a rather special version of I've Grown Accustomed to her Face that really hit the spot.
Sadly, I had to leave at this point - not for the Bridge as per but for the Metro. The current weather conditions making my bus connection uncertain.

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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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