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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.

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

Monday, August 29, 2011

Jazz in the Afternoon at the Crescent Club, Cullercoats.

Mike Durham (tpt/vcl); Barry Soulsby (clt/vcl/gtr); Brian Chester (tmb); Roly Veitch (bjo!); John Carstairs Hallam (tuba/bs); Jim McKeown (dms). + Don Armstrong (alt); Laurence McBriarty (tmb); Teresa Armstrong (vcl); John ? (vcl).
As befits a club in a seaside town on a Bank Holiday Monday, the Crescent Club was standing room only.
This is always a fun session made all the more enjoyable today by seeing Roly Veitch on banjo - Barney Kessel must be turning in his grave! In fairness, it has be said that Roly plays the infernal thing pretty damn good - just don't make a habit of it Roly - Blame It On My Youth won't sound quite the same!
Other quirky moments were Barry Soulsby playing guitar and singing Putting on the Style, Roy playing Black and White Rag on the venerable upright piano, Chester and McBriarty duetting on Indiana, Teresa singing Mean to Me and, last but not least, Don Armstrong blowing Rosetta.
Don, a pivotal figure of the 1950's Newcastle jazz scene, is over here from down under and taking the opportunity for a blow whenever the occasion arises. Nice middle period alto.
On trumpet and occasional vocal Mike Durham provides a strong lead whilst Jim McK and JC hold it all together. The latter allowed me a blow on the hot fountain pen he has just acquired - I told you it was a quirky day!
The day was also one of sadness for me but I may mention that later. Photos.
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.
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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