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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 Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Monday, April 09, 2012

Swing City Trio w. Ray Harley @ Darlington Arts Centre. Saturday April 7.

Steve Andrews (reeds), Roly Veitch (gtr), Roy Cansdale (bs), Ray Harley (tpt)
Faced with the choice of battling with the DIY crowds at B+Q on an Easter weekend, or a short trip down the road to support the last days at the Arts Centre with some easy listening classic jazz, we deliberated only for a minute ........"put away thy paste board" we heard, it was an easy choice really ........
Thankfully the snows of the previous week had eased and; the "men from Cumbria" (Roy and Steve) made it safely across the Pennines. The ever diminishing Steve Andrews produced the usual polished performance on sax and clarinet, his partner on the front line on this occasion the excellent Ray Harley, star of Maine Street Jazzmen and surely one of the best trumpet players around........they blended together beautifully to ease a good crowd through a most relaxing session .......it's a long time since I've been so relaxed on a Saturday afternoon, though perhaps the Toon's welcome on the welsh hillside the previous evening and the smooth Deuchars IPA may have added a tad to my mellow mood ........
Out of Nowhere, Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?, Nagasaki, Stardust then It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing.....all too quickly we reached the first breather. Crazy Rhythm, Blue Turning Grey Over You, Sweet Sue, Blue Skies, She's Funny That Way, Honeysuckle Rose, Bunny Berigan's I Can't Get Started ft solo from Ray, then China Boy took us to a quick break and the all important raffle. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me, Sugar, 'Deed I do, Darn That Dream ft Steve on sax, then as the sun at last emerged outside, an appropriately timed On the Sunny Side of the Street before the final number After You've Gone ........cue a well deserved round of applause.
As always, the rhythm of Roy & Roly drove our very own Swing City Quartet through the day, well done guys. Vocal treats were provided by Roly & Steve.
Though the jazz was superb, in truth the important highlight of the day was that the Darlington Jazz Club has found a new venue ........though sadly the Arts Centre itself will fall victim to the cuts of today, the jazz club will see tomorrow, moving to the Dolphin Centre after July's swan song .......well done to all involved with the club, come on guy's, get out there & support your local jazz venues ...keep the music live !!!!
Ray Robson
Next session Sat 5 May @ 1pm, Jim Fryer (USA) with the West Jesmond Rhythm Kings

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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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