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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 Wednesday July 17

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.

Julija Jacenaite & Steve Glendinning - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Whiplash - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £5.00. Screening of Damien Chazelle's award-winning film.

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

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL3 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

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.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Greg Abate/Alan Barnes w. Stu Collingwood Trio @ Corner House, Newcastle.

Greg Abate (alt/fl); Alan Barnes (alt); Stu Collingwood (pno); Mick Shoulder (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Jazz North East was rewarded for presenting this imaginative line-up by a near capacity audience and deservedly so.
American, Greg Abate played a great gig here a year ago - pairing him with his UK counterpart Alan Barnes promised to be something special.
From the opening bars of Sweet and Lovely we just knew just how special this session was going to be. The two altos laid done a bench mark that was constantly raised as the evening progressed. Stu Collingwood, stepping into the Edis breach maintained the standard set by the horns and Mick The Shoulder had his say before the two front men went into an 8 bar exchange that became a 4 bar and then a two bar. Adam Sinclair responded admirably.
Star Eyes was like hearing Charlie Parker in stereo. Barnesy - slippery as an eel - Greg as smooth as silk.
Solar had the altos slugging it out in a pier 6 brawl that resulted in honours even.
Jag, an Abate original based around the chords of When Light's Are Low, and named after his 3 children, was done as a samba and played by the composer on flute. The flute/alto combination .made for a good contrast to the two altos.
Marti, written by Birmingham pianist Johnny Patrick and featuring Abate on alto was positively sensuous. Marti must be quite a woman to inspire such a song!
Bird's Segment brought the set to a close. This was already an unforgettable evening and we were only half way!
Another Abate original opened up the second set - I didn't catch the name but it had some rich harmony from the two altos as well as some exciting interplay between them.
I must again mention the sterling work put in by the north-east rhythm section. Messrs Collingwood, Shoulder and Sinclair handled the difficult task of jumping in at the deep end with the minimum of rehearsal and no safety net save their professionalism.
Kenny Barron's Voyage brought to mind the Oliver Nelson/Eric Dolphy track Altoitis as tonight's two altoists soared like a Bird with the velocity of a Cannonball.
Barnes' The Wye Blues was followed by his solo feature Spring is Here - this had an Ellington/Strayhorn feel to it. Alone Together brought things almost to a close but not before they'd played pure Bebop on Dizzy's Bebop. This was the only way to finish - nothing could follow that!
Gig of the Year!
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.
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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.)
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