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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.

Wednesday September 18

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

Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

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

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CANCELLED

Archipelago + Freese Trio - Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 7:30pm. £5.00.

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Levee Ramblers NOJB w. Jim McBriarty (clarinet) & Bob Wade (trumpet) - 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.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Blowing Up a Storm whilst Blowing in the Wind!


(Review by Lance).
Michael Lamb (md), Kevin Eland,Tom Hill, Joe Taylor (tpts); Michael Ferris, Peter Lavery, John flood, Pez Peres (tmbs); Alan Marshall, Nadiah Killick, (altos); Paul Gowland, Claude Werner (ten); Laurie Rangecroft (bar); Chris Finch (pno.) Pav (gtr); Michael Want (bs); Guy Swinton (dms). Angela Lyons James Hedley (vcl).
When Angela, depping for Steph, sang Too Darn Hot I couldn't help but think that this was the most inappropriate number for today! This was Newcastle in June - not Memphis. Nevertheless she sang it good and for a few brief moments the sun came out and it was at least warm.
The SSBB defied the winds which threatened to sweep the music sheets from the stands off into the unknown to play a couple of great sets. 
Set up beneath the arches of Byker Bridge in the pub smoking area - how appropriate was that?, the opening Night in Tunisia told us that they were up for it. Lady Be Good had a very well executed sax section chorus. The dynamics of this band are spot on and Big Dipper - is that a Jones/Lewis arrangement? - found a nice groove.
Leader Lamb took most of the trumpet solos playing very effectively within his comfort zone.
Paul Gowland is an awesome tenor player but so is Claude (and Alan Marshall who was on alto today) and it would have been good to have heard a little more from Chile's Ambassador For Jazz. My wish is for a Basie/Hampton tenor tear up between Paul and Claude - this would be the musical version of Ali-Frazier.
Angela looked good and sounded good - even Russell commented which tells you that she was something else. Straighten Up and Fly Right,  Slow Boat To China, Time After Time all done well. And of course the duet with James Hedley - I Won't Dance - such a great arrangement.
James did the Rat Pack thing brilliantly - Ain't That a Kick in The Head etc.
However, the instrumental number I enjoyed most was Jan Savitt's 720 in the Books. Never heard it for years - not since Alan Dell left the mortal airwaves - and, although it was, they said, their first public performance of this great number, they played it as well as the prevailing east winds would allow.
A great gig with good beer, company and great music. Get along to the Punchbowl to hear them on the last Thursday in the month - it's warmer in there!
Lance.

2 comments :

Liz said...

Ah! Alan Dell...how we all miss him, Sundays will never be quite the same again on Radio 2. The magic line up being Parky, Benny Green , Alan Dell..later on of course David Jacobs who is still on, but oh so late.I must make mention of Neil Foster who plays some great show tunes on BBC Radio York every sunday eve 7/9pm Enjoyed this review, you are so jazz rich up there
Liz

Russell said...

Chile's Ambassador For Jazz (aka Claude the Great)saved his contribution for the encore - Tito Puente's Oye Coma Va. Werner stood up and played it as only he can. I agree it would be something special to hear Claude and Paul Gowland in a blowing session. Perhaps at the Bridge or Hoochie Coochie.

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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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