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Poncho Sanchez: "When I perform it's my life story." - (DownBeat October 2019).


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.

Wednesday September 18



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.


Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

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



Archipelago + Freese Trio - Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 7:30pm. £5.00.


Levee Ramblers NOJB w. Jim McBriarty (clarinet) & Bob Wade (trumpet) - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.


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.

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Fantastic Fantastics @ Hoochie Coochie. Sunday Jan. 29

Greg Boramon (org/key); Pete Collison (gtr); Raydn Hunter (bs); Mark Norton (ten/fl/perc); James Smith (dms); ? (perc); Suleen Fleming (vcl).
Was it Jazz? Was it Funk? Was it Soul? Was it R 'n' B? Was it Rock 'n Roll?
The answer is Yes on all counts! Add a touch of Latin and maybe some Fusion and the result is the aptly named band The Fantastics.
This was quite a night as they roared off in a funky groove that was rock solid. The drive was incredible. Saxman Norton took to the floor and marched round the room his semi-suburban exterior concealing a musical madness that erupted with each solo he blew. He could walk the bar in New Orleans - or Newcastle. The Hammond sound of Boramon - a tiger calling for his mate - increased the tension and then, just as it seemed they could get no higher Suleen exploded onto the stage and the six became seven - a Magnificent Seven!
"If you don't dance it means you're dead and nobody told you" said Boramon and soon the floor was full of gyrating lads, lasses and bar owners as Suleen strutted her stuff like Tina Turner. Singing, shouting, screaming, and shaking it. This was some night AND IT WAS FREE!
PS: Oh yes and Norton also played flute and wailed a mean blues harp. Collinson put down some riveting solos as well as playing jazzy riffs with Norton. Bass, drums and unidentified percussionist knocked out hypnotic rhythms, latin beats, funky grooves - they gave it the punch.

1 comment :

Pete said...

Ehhh! Thanks - "unidentified percussionist" was / is Mark Claydon

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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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