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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

Evening

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

Monday, July 25, 2011

ACV @ The Bridge Hotel. July 24th

Andy Champion (double bass), Graeme Wilson (baritone & tenor saxophones), Mark Williams (guitar), Paul Edis (keyboards) & Adrian Tilbrook (drums). The current season of Splinter @ The Bridge gigs drew to a close with a commanding performance from Andy Champion's ACV. The quintet played Manchester Jazz Festival the previous day to great acclaim and a Dancing Dude! Here at The Bridge they were on home turf, sure to get a great reception with or without DDs!.
The material was a mix of tunes,some old, some new. Jack in the Green, A Line Made by Walking and the eponymous number from the debut album Fail in Wood have developed into razor sharp workouts for all five musicians.
The fiendishly difficult material was dispatched with aplomb. Outrageous solos were plentiful and when Mark Williams picked up a Flying V we had finally seen and just about heard it all. Pianist Paul ''Moog'' Edis cut a Nosferatu-like figure enveloping the audience in swirling mists of electronic sound. The band played it loud (Williams in fusion mode) then without missing a beat, inserted a few bars swingtime here and there before returning to the stated theme. Champion's New Peculier was every bit as good as Old Peculier (the legendary brew).
A killer set concluded with a murderous Without Bones. Hearing it, with Adrian Tilbrook, en passant giving a drum masterclass, was worth the admission money alone. Russell. Photos.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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