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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 Wednesday October 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Jazz

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, June 29, 2012

Book Review: Candace Allen - Soul Music.

(Review by Lance).
The name Candace Allen was familiar although I couldn't remember from where until, all of a sudden, staring out at me from my bookshelf there it was, Valaida by Candace Allen! This was a factional take on the life of trumpet player Valaida Snow. I recall it was a good read and, as such, I looked forward to Ms Allen's  second foray into print.
Soul Music is a fascinating insight into the life of a black American girl, her enthusiasm for many kinds of music - the Great American Songbook that her parents loved, the jazz her father, a friend of Miles Davis, preferred, her own leanings to black American Soul and ultimately a love of classical music no doubt nurtured during her marriage to conductor Simon Rattle.

Her quest in this well written and at times compelling book is; Can classical music change lives? In Soul Music, the novelist and former activist of African descent asks whether the pitched battles between ‘our’ music and ‘their’ music of her youth are alive among young people engaged in music study today. She follows the beat of music to places where different cultures meet.
Her personal journey takes her to the streets of London and Scotland, Venezuela, where the Sistema scheme has offered thousands of young people a route out of the ghetto mentality through virtuoso musical training, bringing global fame to the charismatic conductor Gustavo Dudamel; to the Middle East, and Daniel Barenboim's East-West Divan Orchestra in which young Israelis and Palestians play side by side; and to Sistema in Soweto, and a pioneering opera project in Kinsasha.
There are many incidents along the way which all go to make this a worthwhile and thought provoking read.
Candace Allen is a novelist and was the first African-American female member of the Directors Guild of America. Race and music are an integral part of her life,  as was political activism at Harvard University and, recently, for Obama. She has lived in London since 1994.
Lance.
Soul Music - the Pulse of Race and Culture by Candace Allen is published by Gibson Square.

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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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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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Lance