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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 Tuesday July 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Saturday, February 18, 2012

FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ ON BBC4 – I DIDN’T FORGET IT

As advised by Lance, I watched Sonny Rollins at Ronnie Scott’s from 1974; the 1989 Omnibus tribute to Ronnie Scott; and the item about the four important jazz albums from 1959.  By the time the Transatlantic Sessions of folk music came on at 1pm, I fell asleep – don’t tell the folkies!
These programmes were very educational for someone like myself who missed all this the first time round.  Some of the Sonny Rollins went way over my head, but I was impressed by his long solo of improvisations which included many diverse tunes such as (I think!) The Nearness of You; A-Hunting We Will Go; Give a Little Whistle; and some classical music.  I was greatly amused by the Scottish bagpipes played by a musician in full kilt and stockings.  I didn’t know it was possible to play jazz on bagpipes and it didn’t seem to quite work for some of the tunes.  The band included the more usual guitar and drums, and they did tasty versions of Don’t Stop the Carnival and Alfie’s Theme.
The history of Ronnie Scott’s up to 1989 was very informative.  There can’t be many venues with food where the proprietor advises you not to eat there.  The atmosphere seemed just right.  Can someone tell me about Ronnie Scott’s now, is it still in Frith Street, and has the food improved?  And, more important, is the music still good?
The groundbreaking albums of 1959 were Miles Davis Kind of Blue; Dave Brubeck Time Out; Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come; and Charles Mingus Ah Um.  Most blog readers will already know this but I’d never heard of the last two.  I remember listening to the Brubeck as a child and loving it then, mostly for its strong tunes and unusual rhythms.  Hints of what was to come in later life.
Ann Alex.

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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