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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 October 21

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.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Friday, April 20, 2012

The Blue Jazz Quintet/Take it to The Bridge Jazz Workshop April 18.

(Review by Ann Alex.)
Karen Rann, Jeff Smith (saxes); Chris Finch (Keys); Dave Parker (double bass); Michael Howard (Drums, not the MP); Andria Moffatt (Vocal). Plus A.N.Other (vocal) 
The assembled souls were treated to an evening of delightful and varied jazz from the Blue Jazz Quintet. They opened up with a bebop standard, Ladybird, which featured solos from everyone (except the drummer), and swopping 4s between tenor and soprano saxes. Coltrane’s Impressions, included a 10 bar addition on piano, composed by Chris Finch. Clever stuff. 
A very atmospheric On Green Dolphin Street took us to a superb version of Willow Weep for Me which included a lyrical soprano sax solo from Karen and ended with some lovely bowed bass. Alice in Wonderland is a tune that I find amusing as it sounds nursery-rhymish, or is it just me having a second childhood?
If I Were a Bell was followed by Andria Moffatt, a student of the Sage jazz-singing class, who stepped up to the mike to give us a lovely strong-voiced version of I Got Rhythm. The performance ended well with Blue Monk, many solos, including Michael having a spirited drum work out and Dave Weisser joining in on flugelhorn at the end. 
This band are special friends of the singing class as they are ‘our’ band, who play for us during some of our sessions, and accompany us at our end of term gigs at the Jazz Café. But I swear to you that they gave a really enjoyable performance, honestly, it’s not because they are Just Friends
Dave Weisser leads this weekly session and also plays a mean flugelhorn. Tonight, Take it to the Bridge consisted of Dave on trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals along with bass guitar; drums; and keys. They opened and closed the night with several numbers including Born to be Blue, with vocal from Dave. And I really should know the names of the band (sorry!) because I got to sing with them and they were very cooperative to a singer who had never met them before, but this is what jazz-singing is all about, so it was a good experience. We did All of Me and It Don’t Mean a Thing, and people seemed to enjoy it. Then it was time to go, and I got soaked and had to walk through a flood at Chillingham Road Metro Station. 
As I said, this is what jazz-singing is all about! 
Ann Alex

2 comments :

Lance said...

Thanks Ann - sounds like it was a good night. As regards getting soaked - it's called paying your dues!

Dave Parker (on Facebook). said...

Ann says the nicest things

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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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