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Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (DownBeat, September 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 Saturday August 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Mellow Baku - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Line-up: Mello Baku (vocals), John Hallam (reeds), Andy Dickens (trumpet), Ian Bateman (trombone), Tom Kincaid (piano), Rachel Hayward (guitar, banjo), John Day (double bass), Nick Millward (drums).

Jo Harrop w Paul Edis Trio - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £10.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Boys of Brass - Bill Quay Beer & Music Festival, Brack Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead NE10 0TT. 3:00-4:30pm. (Festival 1:00-11pm). Tickets: £10.

Xhosa Cole-Francis Tulip Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Evening

Matt Anderson & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 6:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Tony Kofi & the Organisation - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 8:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Picturehouse Deluxe + Kay Greyson - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. 8:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Georgia Turnbull (vocals & keys), Thomas Dixon (reeds), Jamie Mackay (guitar), Adam Cornell (bass), Ben Fitzgerald (drums).

Jam session - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 10:00pm. Free. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Elaine Binney and the "Carnival of Crows." Wooden Doll, North Shields

Elaine Binney (vln); Eliza Lawson (vcl); Steve Brown (keys); Keith Mills (bs); Jae Brooks (dms).
The Jazz Rascals are now The Carnival of Crows - not a name that rolls easily off the tongue.
Elaine explained - Folk are perplexed when they see "Jazz". Is it Trad? Is it Modern? Is it way out? They are confused.
So, for the moment, it Is Carnival of Crows - albeit a work in progress..
I ordered a pint of Oxford Gold and asked the Landlord if the Sunday afternoons were regular gig? " yes" he replied, adding perhaps a little too hastily, "It isn't always jazz though." 
Maybe Elaine was right to remove 'Jazz' from the band's name!
The room was indeed crowded seemingly contradicting my claim that grass roots jazz was in crisis. However, 90% of the audience, I guess, were friends and family of the band. Indeed, as the children danced in front of the band, I began to think these Rascally Crows must have done more begatting than the twelve tribes of Israel combined!
I jest - The Music.
It was their tried and tested repertoire and it still sounded good as Elaine floated through it with ease. Vocalist Eliza added some wordless  sounds that had a really evocative effect. Eliza does them well soaring effortlessly above the ensembles - I even listened to my second Summertime in a row without cringing too much (lie!) and her chorus on Ain't Misbehavin' was bizarre but beautiful.
Elaine herself was on fire playing some sizzling choruses that made me fear thar the fiddle could soon be in flames.
Fritz Kreisler may have been turning in his grave but five will get you ten that Stephane wasn't!
This was a good afternoon. Great band, crowded room, good beer - what did the Bridge hold? Over to Russell.
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.
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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.)
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Lance