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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).


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 September 16



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

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.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Free Events at GIJF

As well as the major events taking place in The Sage's Halls One and Two there are a lot of free gigs going on on The Concourse.
Indeed the Festival kicks off on The Concourse on Friday with a set by the Zoe Gilby/Andy Champion duo at 6:30pm.
At 7:30pm in The Brasserie - Paul Taylor plays solo piano.
On Saturday afternoon we have the following:
1:30pm - 2:00pm. Strictly Smokin' Big Band.
2:30pm - 3:00pm. Cross Course 12 piece (BMus)
3:30pm - 4:00pm. Bradley Johnston/James Birkett guitar duo.
4:30pm - 5:00pm. BMus Jazz Students - Matt Spence.
5:30pm - 6:00pm. Rhythm Changes.
6:30pm - 7:00pm. Elaine Binney and the Jazz Rascals. (AKA The Carnival of Crows.)
Sunday afternoon lines up thus:
1:30pm - 2:00pm. Rocket Science.
2:30pm - 3:00pm. The Lemon Tops.
3:30pm - 4:00pm. The Wright Idea.
4:30pm - 5:00pm. The Vieux Carré Jazzmen.
All in all an impressive and varied choice for those on a budget.

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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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