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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.

Until July 21

Today Monday July 15

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Mnozil Brass: Cirque - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £23.00. (£19.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

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

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Alexander Abdicates - New Century Ragtime Orchestra New Ragtime Kings - Gateshead Old Town Hall

A second full house at Gateshead Old Town Hall for a jazz gig! Admitedly from different ends of the jazz spectrum but both gigs drew upon the basic ingredients of melody, harmony and constructive improvisation - tonight wasn't even the Emperors old clothes! It was jazz entertainment.
The New Century Ragtime Orchestra aren't stand up zillion chorus blowers - their forté is a chorus here and there, a vocal, a syncopated riff and a solid ride out.
Guests Keith Nichols and Nick Ward - his bass drum is about half the diameter of the Tyne Tunnel - were impressive doing Fats Waller pieces but the strength of the band is the band themselves and I think Caroline could have been featured more.
As it was she strutted her vocal chords to great effect on You'd Be Surprised and That's You as well as in duet with Jimmy Mack on After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It
Steve Andrews, as ever, compered in his laconic style but, fortunately, left his verbosity behind for a languorous version of I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You. Steve has the fattest tenor sound I've ever heard - maybe it comes with the territory! Whatever this was good tenor playing.
Keith Stephen too indicated just how good a banjo player he is in his feature number. (Me praising banjo numbers! How good must that have been?)
Check them out - the New Century Ragtime Orchestra could be at a town near you! Overall, an enjoyable evening

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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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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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