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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 16

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

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

Monday, June 18, 2012

ACV @ The Bridge Hotel. June 17.

Andy Champion (double bass), Graeme Wilson (tenor & baritone saxophones), Mark Williams (guitar), Paul Edis (keyboards) & Adrian Tilbrook (drums).
(Review by Russell).
The Bridge Hotel could be said to be the spiritual home of ACV. Familiar territory, familiar faces. Two sets of familiar and not so familiar tunes, although the ‘not so familiar’ are fast becoming the familiar. Tunes culled from the debut CD Fail in Wood and tunes from the soon-to-be-released second album engaged the audience from start to finish. Degree Absolute (with a light touch from guitarist Mark Williams), Waking the Sleeper (Graeme Wilson’s baritone, Williams’ guitar and Main Man double bass man Andy Champion all excelling) and What’s for Breakfast? (Wilson and Williams right on the money) scored heavily. Wilson’s tenor on And I Do concluded the first set. McMullen’s Bitter proved to be a good choice at the bar.
 Second set. A Line Made by Walking (with a new intro?) invited the quintet to stretch out and produce the best live take yet. Never Ever (one of the newer tunes) spotlighted Paul Edis (keyboards) and Wilson (tenor). Hearing this one again the thought occurred that a Norma Winstone (or Z.Gilby) vocal wouldn’t be out of place. Much mirth followed as front row mad man G.Milburn had his leg pulled about being a mad man, so it was apposite that we heard Nutmeg State (drummer Adrian Tilbrook taking the honours with some first rate work).  Giant Mice danced playfully along Edis’ keyboard then took fright as Wilson wielded his baritone once more. Sensitive bass playing won Champion applause on Dust Red, the calm before the storm. And so to the storm. Champion, Wilson, Williams, Edis and Tilbrook = Without Bones. Williams floored them. Tilbrook left them with jaws on the floor. Champion wiped the floor. Bravura playing. Bravo!
(Photos (2) from Jerry Edis.)
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.
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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