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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).


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 Monday October 21



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

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

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).



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

Friday, March 04, 2011

Friday/Saturday/Sunday @ The Musicon

Friday March 4.
The Musicon Durham Jazz Festival kicks off tonight with an exciting prospect - Sandi Russell on vocals alongside saxist Alan Barnes and the John Horler Trio (Alec Dankworth, bass and Steve Brown, drums.) Saxophonist Alan Barnes and the John Horler Trio mix standards, be-bop and original compositions to exciting effect. Coupled with the 'formidable vocal force' (The Guardian) of Sandi Russell, this is an evening not to be missed! This musical must starts at 7:30pm at Quad, St Chad's College, North Bailey, Durham.
Saturday March 5.
4pm-11pm St Chad's College, North Bailey and Music Department, Palace Green A day to meet people! Come and join us if you play jazz or would like to learn. The afternoon starts with workshops (in the music department) and showcases by local bands (in St Chad's College), including the exciting "Off the Leash", featuring Paul Beck (piano), Doug Kennard (gtr), Stan Praszczalek (drums), John Steele (saxes), and Katy Trigger (bass) at 4:00pm. At 7:30pm, there is a performance by the Paul Edis Trio with Vasilis Xenopoulos (saxophone) in St Chad's College, to be followed by a jam session. Free entrance all day. -----
Sunday March 6.
4pm St Chad's College, North Bailey John Etheridge (guitar) John Etheridge has been described by Pat Metheny as 'one of the best guitarists in the world'. With his ability to cross labels and genres, as well as playing his own compositions, he is certain to electrify and enthral. ----- Tickets for Friday and Sunday (for each day): £10.00, Students £4.00, Under 18s £1.00 Free entrance for Saturday Box Office: Tourist Information Centre, Durham Tel: 0191 384 7641

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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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