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Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (DownBeat, September 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 Saturday August 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Mellow Baku - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Line-up: Mello Baku (vocals), John Hallam (reeds), Andy Dickens (trumpet), Ian Bateman (trombone), Tom Kincaid (piano), Rachel Hayward (guitar, banjo), John Day (double bass), Nick Millward (drums).

Jo Harrop w Paul Edis Trio - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £10.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Boys of Brass - Bill Quay Beer & Music Festival, Brack Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead NE10 0TT. 3:00-4:30pm. (Festival 1:00-11pm). Tickets: £10.

Xhosa Cole-Francis Tulip Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Evening

Matt Anderson & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 6:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Tony Kofi & the Organisation - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 8:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Picturehouse Deluxe + Kay Greyson - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. 8:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Georgia Turnbull (vocals & keys), Thomas Dixon (reeds), Jamie Mackay (guitar), Adam Cornell (bass), Ben Fitzgerald (drums).

Jam session - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 10:00pm. Free. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Blues/Funk/Soul

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.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Stan Tracey Duo/Trio @ Darlington Arts Centre. February 4th

Stan Tracey (piano), Clark Tracey (drums) & Andy Cleyndert (double bass) Sound Check is Stan Tracey's latest CD. It is a two disc release. The first features duets between father and son (Stan and son Clark). On the second disc the Traceys are joined by bassist Andy Cleyndert. Darlington Arts Centre booked the duo/trio to play numbers from the CD and it was good to see a near capacity audience for the occasion.
The Traceys have worked together for much of Clark Tracey's career as a professional musician and it shows; pianist and drummer, father and son, there is undoubted empathy. Stan played and Stan listened. The many times I've heard him live he listens a lot allowing the other musicians on the stand to play. This performance was no exception.
Drummer Clark can play it all and he too listens. Patterns, chases and exchanges were interwoven throughout the set and it whetted the appetite for the second set trio format.
Andy Cleyndert, standing between the two Traceys, introduced himself by way of superlative bass playing from first note to last. The opening number of the second set isn't on the CD but it was Ellington (Great Times from Tracey's 2005 release For All We Know) and with Tracey you get Ellington every time. Duke Ellington and Stan Tracey - is there anything better in the world of jazz? Other composers of note on the CD include Billy Strayhorn (of course!) and Johnny Green.
The concert drew to a close with - have a guess - Monk's Blue Monk. This was the sort of gig that would usually have me leaving the venue thinking everything was alright with the world but as Darlington's jazz supremo Peter Bevan reminded us the Arts Centre's very existence is under threat. The 'cuts' (we're all in this together, apparently) are about to be inflicted. Do your bit. Resist. Write to, well, someone. You know, a councillor, MP, the local newspaper etc and make sure you get to that jazz gig you were thinking of going to.
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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