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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 Thursday September 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Alexito & Loco Machine - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ (booking essential). Guest: Alice Grace.

Bradley Johnston Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student).

Sudden Jazz Quintet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free (donations).

Eclectic - Tees Hot Club, Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9:00pm. Free. Rick Laughlin (keys); Alan Thompson, Dan Johnson, Sue Ferris, Josh Bentham (saxes); Ian Halford (drums).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Ashington Jazz Club August 3, 2011

The attendance at our August meeting was sadly reduced by members on Summer vacations who missed a pleasant evening of excellent swing music which included the unexpected appearance of two surprise guests.
In the absence of Jim McBriarty the talented Steve Andrews depped on clarinets and sax while John Taylor, the active member of our Club, joined the band on alto for the opening number, Just a little while to stay here which for John was his brief appearance of the evening, and he did not disgrace himself. Steve always brings his humour to his performances and he blends in beautifully with this ensemble. There are insufficient adjectives or superlatives to applaud this group on the frequent visits made to Ashington. Suffice to say that a variable programme is always presented in exciting and colourful performances with all members making a positive contribution to the arrangements.
Herbie (Hudson) is multi-talented and you can always expect quality in his vocals, trombone and harmonica while the popular Olive (Rudd) delivers with energy but we would always wish to hear more from her. She gave us her versions of Blue Skies, Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland, and It Had to be You as well as a final chorus with Herbie on Bourbon Street Parade. A request for Masquerade was beautifully performed with Harmonica and keyboard as one. Steve excelled with his rendition of Clarinet Marmalade during which he introduced two clarinets, and throughout the gig his tenor saxophone was always strong, bold and rounded.
The front line musicians led with style most ably supported and driven forward by the superb rhythm section. This once again was an excellent evening of Jazz with its variable moods and forms. It was a pity that we were thin on the ground but hopefully attendance will improve as the year moves on.
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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