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Giovanni Guidi: "So many jazz albums today are all original compositions, and five minutes after the record is finished, you can't remember a single song. I think it's a problem." - (JazzTimes Oct. 2019).

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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 Friday October 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things - Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 7:00pm. £8.30. - £5.80. Film (2019, 89 mins) directed by Leslie Woodhead. Swing Bridge Trio in Café Bar following screening.

Dave O’Higgins & Colin Oxley - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. £20.00. ‘O’Higgins & Oxley Play Monk & ‘Trane’. Oxley replaces Rob Luft.

Paul Taylor - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. Tel: 0191 334 5119. 7:30pm. Free (donations). An Ushaw Piano Festival event.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Guisborough Big Band - Saltburn Golf Club, Guisborough Road, Saltburn TS12 1NJ. Tel: 01287 622812. Time TBC.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. Time 8:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Blues/Soul etc.

Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mike Gilby - they did you proud! - Corner House, Newcastle.

Where do I begin? Tonight was a mixture of music - great music - and memories. What memories! Never have I been face to face with so many from what now seems another world. Scott Adair, Ray Chester, Bill Nicholson (ah those sessions down at Feather's!), Tommy Weatherley, Germaine Stanger (those times in San Sebastian) and a host of other faces I knew but couldn't put a name to.
All present to pay tribute to Mike Gilby.
Mike's daughter Zoe kicked off the proceedings with, appropriately enough, My Heart Belongs To Daddy. I may have heard her sing it better but I sure can't remember when! West Coast Blues, One Note Samba and One For My Baby were interspersed with lots of anecdotal stories about her dad who was Zoe's big inspiration.
Alongside her, Andy Champion and Mark Williams laid down bass and guitar lines that were the neo-perfect accompaniment whilst on the last number, the quirky, slightly risqué Dave Frishberg's Let's Forget About Living, Scott Adair joined on drums to make the ensemble complete.
Scott stayed on stage for the reincarnation of Mike's Jazz Spirit.
With him were Graham Hardy on trumpet and flugel, Graeme Wilson on tenor, Stu Collingwood on keys and Andy Champion on bass.
It was a solid set that Mike would have loved. Killer Joe, Filthy McNasty (Stu took the gold on this one), Nica's Dream (love this tune and the changing moods) Graham blew some emotive flugel.. Sister Sadie and Big P finished the set Scott having a drum explosion on the latter - the boy's still got it!.
Needless to say that Scott, a long time buddy of Mike's had plenty Mike stories to tell (there were also a few that didn't reach the mic.!)
The Customs House Big Band finished the show with the polished performance we have come to expect of them and, good as they sound at the Customs House, in a small room like this they are awesome!
I haven't got space to list names, tunes, solos, but, take it from me they were on fire!
Full marks going to the Gilby family and to Jazz North East for putting together a night to remember.
Lance.
PS: I wasn't in a position to take photos without being obtrusive but Mandy Lowther sent me the one above  of Customs House trombonist Mike Fletcher next to a portrait of Mike Gilby which seemed particularly suitable.
For more big band photos from the concert go to the band's website.

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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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Lance