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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 Monday July 15

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

Mnozil Brass: Cirque - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £23.00. (£19.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

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

Friday, April 27, 2012

New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Jazz @ The Fell @ The Legion.


Steve Andrews (mc); Alan Marshall (alt/clt); Jim McBriarty (clt/alt/bar/sop/vcl); Tom Cook (cor); Caroline Irwin (cor/vcl); Ed Cross (vln); Don Fairley (tmb); Neville Hartley (pno); Keith Stephen (gtr/bjo); Phil Rutherford (sousa); Steve Doyle (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Quite a delightful evening at "The Fell @ The Legion".
With the NCRO the unusual is often the usual. Just how they come across and acquire orchestrations for so many obscure tunes amazes me. Don't, however, confuse obscure with mediocre because pieces such as Louisiana Bobo and She's a Gorgeous Thing deserve to be heard over and over again.
A thought occurred to me during The Varsity Drag that the band could change its name without changing the music stands - They could become the New California Ramblers Orchestra. So much of their output is reminiscent of that 1920's equivalent of the Johnny Taws/George Rowell orchestras (local reference only older readers will recognise). Dave Kerr informed me that all the best stuff was in the second half which meant I had to miss it rather than miss the 54 bus.
Nevertheless, what I did hear was perfect for the idiom with Caroline hitting the spot on Let's Do It, Am I Blue and, My Baby Just Cares For Me. Jimmy McBriarty - the "boy singer" shone on Gonna Get a Girl, Sweet Jennie Lee and the aforementioned Varsity Drag and She's a Gorgeous Thing.
Instrumentally, East St. Louis Toodle-oo, Thriller Rag and Too Bad wasn't too bad at all - it was, in fact the latter item was one of the relatively rare numbers that allowed several "Hot Choruses".
I'm sure this all changed in the next set when m.c. Steve unpacked his tenor and put away his joke book.
However, the bus beckoned so I may never know.
Seriously, a lovely band that should have had them queuing round the block. In January, at Gateshead Old Town Hall, the room - a much bigger room - was packed. Tonight, admission was £3 cheaper, drinks were cheaper and it was a more relaxed atmosphere and yet fewer turned out.
People eh?
Lance.

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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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