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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.

Until July 21

Today Wednesday July 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Steve Glendinning - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Whiplash - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £5.00. Screening of Damien Chazelle's award-winning film.

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL3 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, December 30, 2011

Gabriele Mit Drei Hoochie Coochie Thursday Dec. 29.

Gabriele Heller (vcl); Paul Beck (keys); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Dave Parker (bs).
 Another successful gig from this new band.  I hesitate to call them promising, because they’ve already fulfilled promises, with even more assurance than at their first gig a couple of months ago.  This time they faced the challenge of a noisy audience, especially from the back of the room, but they rose to the challenge well through sheer force of musicianship and the help of a kazoo!  Yes, in the fourth song (a Gabi original, Don’t Mess Around With Me) Gabi silenced the crowd at the back with an amazing jazz chorus on kazoo, and they made much less noise after that.  I suppose people are so used to hearing music as wallpaper nowadays that they don’t know when to really listen.
After a smooth instrumental to start, the songs that Gabi treated us to included All or Nothing at All (effectively beginning with bass and voice only); a sensitive Imagination; a stomping Old Devil Moon; Like Someone in Love (with scat, which I wouldn’t have expected in that song, but it worked.)  Later came a heartfelt Good Morning Heartache; and the more unexpected songs such as Falling in Love Again (in German with German (I think!) scat); the mathematical Inchworm; and a wonderful 8 bar blues, Come on in My Kitchen.
The band came up with lots of punchy solos, notably from Paul Beck on keys on Old Devil Moon, and a gutsy guitar on Come on in My Kitchen.
This gig had less of a cabaret feel than previous gigs, although Gabi was dressed for the part, with a long red coat and striped tights.  I’d have loved to hear a number such as Mack the Knife, but maybe the jazz cafe is a better setting for this style of song.
Here’s to the band’s next gig.
Ann Alex

1 comment :

stevebfc said...

Was dissapointed with the noise level of the audience which spoilt my enjoyment of the gig (not for the first time at this venue). Groups of people seemed to be actually shouting rather than whispering and the conversation of the table behind me was more suited to a Channel 4 student sit com than a sophisticated jazz gig.

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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.
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