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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).

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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 Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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).

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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Ashington Jazz Club May 4

The Band was without leader Herbie Hudson, who was basking in the Turkish sunshine, so we were pleased to welcome his replacement Iain MacAulay. The evening began with China Boy - Ray Harley leading the front line with Jim McBriarty and Iain ably supporting and the engine room of Alan Rudd, Colin Haikney and Ian Hetherington driving the rhythmn section  along we experienced a performance of excellent swinging Jazz and well balanced arrangements throughput the evening. "Baby wont you please come home" moved on a pace whereas "Weary Blues" was certainly not a tired renditon but had our feet tapping.
Jim gave us "Sleepy time Gal". During the song the venue lighting was extremely poor so Jim's vocals had the members relaxing in the gloom. Olive Rudd appeared on stage to the delight of all and began with "I've Got Rhythm" which said it all as this band has that. Olive appears to have a back catalogue of many songs as good singers do and it was obvious when she sang "Old Fashioned Love" with gentle overtones she reached into the memories of our mature audience. Colin gave a decorative keyboard accompaniment.
"Clarinet Marmalade" gave Jim the opportunity to show off his Clarinet skills - very quick and exhilarating, while all band members produced their own creative instrumental improvisation. "Melancholy Baby" completed the first set with a solid version from Olive.  
The Second Half began with "Bye Bye Blues" and that old favourite "Careless Love". After those exhausting items we were priviliged to hear a Keyboard solo of "A Foggy Day" with Colin in brilliant form. This is such a verstile group that it is good to hear the rear section of the band taking a more prominant role out front. The cymbals often hide the face of the drummer but we all know he's there. Following this Olive gave a sympathetic renditon of "It's you or no one for me" and I'm sure I saw a smile from Alan.
"Sunny side of the Street" gave Iain the chance to share his humour and vocal skills with us and put a smile on our faces. He always appears to enjoy his music when visiting Ashington. The Band ended the night with a great collection of favourites. Included in those was our Olive singing "Just Friends" which was a tribute to our members and the band  who have many friends in music in this Club. Thank you all for a great evening. We know you travel a  long way to entertain us and we do appreciate that.    
Peter S.

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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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