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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 Tuesday August 20



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

Will Earl - Band Room, Music Studios, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 12 noon. Free. Earl (drums) Postgraduate Recital. ‘Solo and groove: innovation in contemporary drumming practices’.


Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 12:00pm - 2:00pm. Free.



Joe Reid - Band Room, Music Studios, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:40pm. Free. Reid (drums) Postgraduate Recital. ‘Progressive Drumming & Polyrhythms of the Modern Drummer’.



Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 7RU. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Giles Strong (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass), Paul Wight (drums).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:30pm. £4.00.

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

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Farewell Blues for Jazz @ The Exchange

Hi Lance: this month's concert at the Saville Exchange will be the last in the series. After eight years of trying to present outstanding jazz musicians from Europe, the UK and the USA, a number of factors have made me decide to call it a day as far as this really nice venue is concerned. Hire costs are set to rise by around 25% as North Tyneside Council struggle to balance their books, there's no Arts Council grant any more, audiences have declined and with the impact of the dread "cuts" yet to be felt, the future looks no rosier.
Our reserves vanished when the Whitley Bay Playhouse went into receivership a few years ago, owing us £3,400 in box office receipts, so we have no cash cushion to fall back on. The alternative would be to cut right back on costs by virtually eliminating overseas outfits or the professional UK bands (Keith Nichols' Blue Devils, for instance), but I'm really not interested in putting on music that duplicates what fans can already hear in their local pubs and clubs for a lot less than I have to charge - just to cover room hire and PRs amounts to around £330 for an evening, before I can even think of paying the band.
So, the Friday 10th December concert will be my last at the Saville Exchange, and I hope we will have a really good turnout to ensure that Jazz @ The Exchange goes out with a bang, not a whimper; with three top local bands in one evening (Vieux Carré, West Jesmond Rhythm Kings, Rae Brothers) all at our normal admission price, it's certainly good value for money!
On a more positive note, I shall be continuing to book bands for the monthly Trinity Jazz programme in Gosforth, and am also in discussions with the Customs House regarding a monthly traditional/mainstream jazz series in 2011, following the successful experiment there with six jazz concerts in the last year; what's more, the Classic jazz party is all set for November 4th-6th 2011 at the Village Hotel - our revamped website goes online this weekend.
Mike Durham.

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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.)
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