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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 2019).


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 August 19



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.



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

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

CD review. Elaine Binney and The Jazz Rascals

Elaine Binney (vln); Peter Skeen (gtr/vcl); Keith Mills (bs); Jae Brooks (dms). This is the CD from the Durant Hall session in February. 'tis good to hear the music again and enjoy. The Jazz Rascals aren't a band that kicks the door down but, in their own way, they do explore new territory with a mix of jazz standards, original compositions and unusual arrangements done with subtlety and no shortage of panache. Take 5 - wails in 5/4 with some fancy fiddling from the leader and okay contributions from guitar and drums plus solid bass support. Swan Like – an original with vocal by Peter. Autumn Leaves - Elaine states the the theme with an attractive variation by Peter Skeen and a bass solo from Keith before a drum fill then an out of tempo exploration by Elaine before returning to the melody and out. Jokers and Kings - a quirky original with unexpected twists and turns that is somehow catchy. Summertime - another vocal by Peter who manages to escape the stereotyped image of the Gershwin tune. Treaty of Trianon – get the pattern? Standard/original/standard/original. This original starts off with an exploratory opening that gets an almost Romany groove to it – czardas and peasant skirts spring to mind. The Treaty of Trianon was actually a treaty drawn up in Hungary after the First World War. Stormy Weather - Peter back on vocal with an abridged version of the lyric that leads into Elaine's statement of the melody. January Blue - a dreamy post Xmas feel about it before going into a strutting almost Ceilidh-like mode! You Are So Beautiful - just that with an emotive vocal from Peter. Work Song – straight forward swinger. Ain't Misbehavin' – Grappelli mode with violin/drum fours. It's a delightful CD although, to read the back cover a visit to Specsavers is recommended as 20-20 vision plus is need to decipher the track titles! Fortunately, the music makes up for it! Lance.

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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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