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James Carter: "We played around with 'Nuages' and FUNKED it up, basically." - (DownBeat, September 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.

Today Monday August 19



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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.



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

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Ruth Lambert @ The Bridge Hotel.

I'd been to the Jazz Café watching/listening to a DVD of Diana Krall Café followed by some bebop piano from Pete Gilligan with Paul Grainger on bass and Ryan on drums. Tough acts for Ruth to follow. However, as can be seen from this poetic review by Jerry Edis, follow it she did.

A devil moon was in the sky,
Up above The Bridge (How High?)
Got some beers, went inside –
Saw the “GASbook” open wide.
Ruth on the mic’ – Zoe on the door,
Splinter@the Bridge was back for more!
Tim, on drums, was setting the pace
Followed by Andy (Ace of Bass).
Graeme from Glasgow (well, Monkseaton)
Was blowin’ hotter than central heatin’!
Paul in “panto-rehab” mode,
Warmed the keys until they glowed!
Ruth on the mic’ – Zoe on the door,
Splinter@the Bridge was back for more!
Ruth did standards then switched over
To B-flat blues and bossanova –
Agua Beber,
Devil May Care –
East Coast / West Coast, take me there!
Ruth on the mic’ – Zoe on the door,
Splinter@the Bridge - come back for more!

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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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