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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 Saturday August 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Newcastle Jazz Festival - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. £15.00. All day event, line-up:

Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion (1:30pm)

Alan Law Trio (2:40pm)

Mark Williams Trio (3:50pm)

Emma Fisk & James Birkett (5:00pm)

(Evening)

Alexander Bone (6:15pm)

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band (7:45pm).

Blues/Funk/Soul

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sound 12 Festival at The Sage – Some Jazzy Surprizes

I went to this event expecting lots of folk and classical music, given by students from the local universities, and indeed I enjoyed such items as African drumming and Joseph Suk’s Serenade for Strings, but I was delighted to find that some jazz was also on the menu, just to prepare me for the extravaganza to come next weekend. This came from Newcastle University Saxophone Quartet, who treated us to a set of music in chronological order from medieval times to the present day. This included a lively 1920’s style version of Gershwin’s Somebody Loves Me, with some very tasty playing from Soprano Sax; Ellington’s Don’t Get Around Much Any More; and Joni Mitchell’s Blue.

Then appeared two people I know from the folk music degree, doing superb blues. Matt Price, resplendent in pinstripe suit and black trilby, on slide guitar and acoustic guitar, with Natalie Fisher, who sang superb full-throated heartfelt blues. First came St James Infirmary, followed by Careless Love. Natalie explained how these songs had originated as English folk songs. She then sang the traditional folk song Geordie, but did it in a bluesy style to lyrical accompaniment on the acoustic guitar, which married the two styles really well. The unaccompanied song Bad, Bad Girl was good, if you get my meaning, and Natalie explained that this was a goodnight ballad, which is a song using the last words of someone who is about to be executed as a criminal, so that the ballad can be sold to raise money for the family left behind.

Then I visited the sound installation which was in the small Squires seminar room. This was looped sound, each identical section about 5 minutes long, which was neither jazzy nor musical, and probably not meant to be. But it did start me thinking about the nature of music. It had been labelled as an installation, so I listened to it without prejudice, and made up a story for myself about it, as it reminded me of aliens coming to our planet. But if it had been labelled as music, I would have dismissed it as nonsensical. At least it made me think.

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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