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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 Wednesday July 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Steve Glendinning - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Whiplash - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £5.00. Screening of Damien Chazelle's award-winning film.

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL3 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Gateshead International Jazz Festival – Blacktop + Spelk Sunday March 25

Blacktop: Pat Thomas (keyboards & electronics), Orphy Robinson (marimba) & Steve Williamson (tenor & soprano saxophones.)
Spelk: Chris Sharkey (guitar), Andy Champion (electric bass) & Adrian Tilbrook (drums)
The Sage in association with Jazz North East presented the final event of the 2012 festival and as has become tradition, the free jazz/improv end of the jazz spectrum took centre stage. Two trios – Blacktop and Spelk – played to a well attended hall. 
The benchmark was set by Spelk. Performances by the trio are few and far between. One suspects that, by design, there is little preparation with a ‘let’s go for it’ approach. Bassist Andy Champion and drummer Adrian Tilbrook, key figures on the regional scene, linked-up with Gateshead born Chris Sharkey (guitar) and it was as though they had been touring relentlessly for weeks on end. They were at it from the off. Champion’s killer electric bass riffs rattled around the room, Tilbrook’s bass drum pedals pushed to breaking point as Sharkey shot from the hip, balancing a-top pedals, writhing, pulling the trigger with sharp-shooter swagger. It is never just a gig with Spelk, it is an event, an occasion. Wherever they surface next be there and be prepared to take cover. 
Blacktop is another occasional happening. The prodigiously talented Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson have worked together over the years whilst saxophonist Steve Williamson has once more become an increasingly visible figure on the scene. His days with the Jazz Warriors brought him to the attention of a wider jazz public before going off to explore other (12 inch) grooves. A natural chemistry in the world of improv can be allusive and the inventive Thomas took command, eager to instigate a change of direction during the one hour performance. Robinson and Williamson offered repeated motifs which were frequently and abruptly interrupted by Thomas’ arresting laptop contributions.
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.
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