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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).

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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 Monday September 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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.

Evening

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

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Gateshead International Jazz Festival – Saturday March 24 Trio Libero & Courtney Pine’s Europa

Trio Libero: Andy Sheppard (alto/sop), Michel Benita (bs), Sebastian Rochford (dms).
Andy Sheppard and Courtney Pine have come a long way since the days of the 1980s so-called British jazz boom. They are more than survivors, they are leading lights globally and their high profile ensured a large turn-out in the magnificent surroundings of the 1700 seat Hall One. Sheppard works in many contexts; commissioned projects to his enduring association with Carla Bley being but one. 
The Sage Gateshead saw him in the company of French bass virtuoso Michel Benita and a percussionist once of a neighbouring parish (Newcastle College) Sebasitian Rochford as Trio Libero. Sheppard alternated between alto and soprano saxophones in a low-level performance. The wonderful acoustics of the large space drew the listener to the music as if in a small recital room. Benita’s tasteful double bass playing worked in tandem with Rochford’s delicate brush work (this wasn’t Polar Bear – forget it). A performance of great warmth (with a brilliant, restrained solo from Rochford) won the affection of the audience.
Courtney Pine’s Europa: Courtney Pine (bass clarinet), Zoe Rahman (piano), Cameron Pierre (guitar & mandolin), Darren Taylor (double bass); Robert Fordjour (drums)
He came, he saw, he conquered. Pine the Sartorial strode the stage, playing to the crowd. Pine’s facility on the instrument is something to behold. Pine the Showman garnered applause for his band mates: Zoe Rahman, a band leader in her own right, Cameron Pierre, a wonderful guitarist (and no mug on mandolin) took centre stage (Pine off in the wings) to suggest that should George Benson’s crown slip he would be ready to seize the throne and bass and drums pairing Darren Taylor and Robert Fordjour received deserved plaudits. Pine praised Gateshead – The Sage, the people and the commitment to the music exemplified by the festival. This was a love-in and what, I ask, is wrong with that?
Russell

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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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