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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

Afternoon

Jazz

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.

Evening

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

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Gateshead International Jazz Festival Saturday March 24 - Marcus Roberts' Trio.

Marcus Roberts (pno); Rodney Jordan (bs); Jason Marsalis (dms).
(Photo courtesy of Mark Savage).
Roberts was in Cole Porter mood - perhaps he'd heard of Daryl Sherman's July gig here - Coles to Newcastle - and decided to get in first!
Night and Day paid little respect to the melody but endowed the harmony with depths I doubt even Porter himself knew existed!
I've Got You Under My Skin began with some delicate brushwork from Marsalis that led to Roberts once more re-structuring the tune in the most delightful way;
Anything Goes featured bassist Jordan as well as the leader; This was the first of the big hitters!
Just One of Those Things finally said goodbye to Mr Porter as the trio moved on to Monk and Mysterioso; Once again Jordan was featured;
Marching in the Modern Parade had Marsalis playing New Orleans drums as they are played today and it was quite amazing the way he gradually built up the tension from very basic to fantastically complex without losing the basic context of the street parade drummer - those Marsalis boys are surely mighty talented;.
Coltrane's 3 part Crescent Suite moved things up a notch - the cocktail party was over now it was time to do some Serious (and I use the word advisedly) playing;.
An uptempo blues catapulted Roberts from being a very good pianist up into the major league of Peterson, Tatum and co;. This was the defining moment it was as if he was saying "Now it's for real - this is me";.
A great gig by three musicians who performed as an equal triumvirate........
Lance

1 comment :

cptfinch said...

I agree, it was very enjoyable. When he hit Bessie's Blues - wow!

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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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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance