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Reuben James: "Mark [Kavuma] has such a unique sound on the horn. He lets it all hang out in a very vulnerable way when he plays ballads." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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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 September 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Cancelled!

JCM: In Memory of Jon Hiseman - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:00pm. £20.00. (£18.00. adv.). Clem Clemson (guitar); Mark Clarke (bass); Ralph Salmins (drums). Support: T-A-B ((Tom Atkinson Band).

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Alter Ego - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Blues

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Triffid, (formerly known as the Harley Johnson Trio) /Take It to The Bridge @ The Chilli Jan 12

Harley Johnson (keyboards), Ivan Scutt (electric bass) & Rob Bates (drums) We don't hear much of Harley Johnson these days. I think he's been in the woodshed. We know him well from his excursions into the world of Thelonious Monk. What would this appearance at the Chilli reveal?
Well, Monk is still a guiding light but now there is a contemporary element to his playing .The influence of Esbjorn Svensson springs to mind. All the Things You Are (with Rachmaninoff decoration), a re-working of So What and Take the A Train were in the hour long set list. Bassist Ivan Scutt knows his way around the fretboard and drummer Rob Bates is inventive with a good sense of time. The undoubted highlight was an original composition titled The Sage Tune (entries on a postcard suggesting a better title). Title not withstanding, this number was the business; excellent small group musicianship, exhibiting flair and verve with confident, trusting smiles between the three musicians on the stand. Take It To The Bridge: Dave Weisser (flugelhorn & vocals), Barrie Ascroft (keyboards), Dougie Fielder (tenor saxophone), Jim Crinson (guitar), Ivan Scutt (electric bass) & Rob Bates (drums) Dave Weisser's workshop session has been going many a year and from time to time it unearths welcome new talent. Currently, five string electric bassist Ivan Scutt is in attendance as is drummer Rob Bates (they were on double duty with Harley Johnson). The material changes from week to week. This week, plucked from a well-thumbed bulging pad, we heard Tadd Dameron's Good Bait with a round of solos to warm up the band. Like Someone in Love was taken at a leisurely pace with relaxed vocals from band leader Weisser. Tenor man Dougie Fielder called Summertime. Mutterings from the band ensued...what's the key? do you know the chords? Weisser suggested keyboards' stalwart Barrie Ascroft simply shout out the chords (easy when you know how!) and the sextet negotiated its way through the changes with Jim Crinson playing some tasteful lines.
A second set high point featured Weisser playing flugel on Loverman (Where Can You Be?)
Next week's workshop session features...well, who knows. Go along and find out, there is always something worth hearing. The Harley Johnson Trio can be heard next week at the Sage in the Schmazz Factor competition (Thursday 20th). 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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