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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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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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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Jazz on a Summer evening at Kirkharle Courtyard. Friday July 22.

A clear blue sky and late evening sunshine made a pleasant drive for three members of Ashington Jazz Club who travelled to Kirkharle for the first ever Friday night’s jazz session.
The trio performing consisted of Lindsay Hannon (vocals) John Pope (bass) and Alan Law (piano). An appreciative audience of about thirty attended in the room which we remembered as a museum which housed old bikes and train sets. Some features remained, such as a giant old mangle, farm implements and cartwheel.
The Wylam Rocket beer went down well. The room was long and narrow (like the inside of a Rocket). With stone walls the acoustics were great. Also we must say that the sound quality was superb from the groups Rocket like combined amplifier and speaker.
What a difference a day makes when Your dancing Cheek to Cheek and you Can’t Escape on a Trip on a Train began the selected programme. Lindsay’s beautiful voice became easy listening with Long ago and far away, Cry me a river and Lullaby of Birdland.
The second set started with Alan and John playing Blues D & E. Next Comes love when you Dream a little dream while Making Whoopee! Joni Mitchell’s Blue Motel lead to a very interesting Blue Monk with superb, tongue twisting vocals from Lindsay. Then the One note Samba was not The wrong song done in A Sentimental Mood!
Some people had come from as far away as Stanley, Co. Durham, and were first timers like us. We need to hear more from this combo. Ideal for a restaurant such as The Cherry Tree... Alan, Sheila and John

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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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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.)
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