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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 Wednesday July 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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.

Evening

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.

Blues/Folk

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.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Alter Ego @ Splinter @ The Bridge. January 9th

Keith Robinson (alto sax), Niall Armstrong (tenor sax & flute), Dave Hignett (trumpet & flugelhorn), Andy Hawking (keyboards), Andy Champion (electric bass) & David Francis (drums).
The new season of Splinter gigs at the Bridge Hotel kicked off with the Blue Note to hard bop sound of Alter Ego. This was just the sort of session to blow away the cobwebs and encourage people to switch once more to gig-going mode.
The spirit of the Jazz Messengers is with the band from first note to last. Drummer David Francis drives the band Blakey style and the front line, led by altoist Keith Robinson, could easily be mistaken for Messengers' alumni. JJ Johnson's In Walked Horace and Miles' Compulsion featured in a varied first set with solo opportunities for all. The set's closing number - ETA - exemplified what this band is all about; tight, together ensemble work with one cracking solo after another.
The second set opened with Bingo (the tune, not the game. Now there's an idea - an interval raffle and a game of bingo). A couple of tunes by Bobby Shew (a visitor to the Corner House long ago) - Kiss Abyss and Dancing Bishop were right up Dave Hignett's street (trumpet?). A favourite of, I'm guessing, Keith Robinson, is altoist Bobby Watson (another who has played the Corner House). Watson is drawn regularly from the pad and this time we heard Ode For Aaron. The power of Robinson and Hignett is balanced by the unhurried, considered tenor and flute playing of Niall Armstrong. Pianist Andy Hawking impressed, finding the right chord and producing fully formed solos time and again. Recent recruit Andy Champion has secured the bass chair in double quick time. He has readily established a rapport with Francis and his solo flights are the stuff of legend. The gig set the standard for the season.
Next week checkout the acclaimed Sam Coombes Quartet (Sunday 16th).
Photos. Russell.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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