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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.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

A Cast Of Thousands – Ruth Lambert’s Buskers Night Sept. 6, Bell and Bucket, North Shields

This was my last chance to try this event before my regular Thursday commitment starts again, and I certainly enjoyed myself immensely.  It’s not a jazz do so I’ll be brief, but it’s highly recommended for anyone with wide musical tastes.  There was a plethora of rock-type guitarists doing allsorts, Bowie’s Space Odyssey; an unusual take on a Supremes song; various rock numbers which I wish I could remember; an Elton John-like keyboardist; a guitarist who jumped and danced as he played songs which may have been self-penned, one about the terror of spider’s legs, the other a love song to Julie.  A supremely confident female singer gave us a Carole King song and the evocative KT Tunstall song about the Black Horse and the cherry tree.  Even myself, with Ruth on Guitar, singing Autumn Leaves and Summertime - although I didn't have my D whistle with me as pictured in the photo!  There must have been at least a dozen performers, but Ruth said this was a quiet night!
The pub is cosy, with a raised section for performers and keen listeners, enhanced by many photos of owls, which made me feel wiser than I really am.  Ruth runs a great night by welcoming and encouraging all comers, organising the sound system, and, of course, opening the night with her own jazz singing, and rounding proceedings off with Hit The Road Jack, accompanied by a certain Mr Lambert on excellent jazz guitar.
Definitely worth a visit, and, as they say, take your axe along as well.
Ann Alex
  

1 comment :

Ann Alex said...

See the photo. Sharp-eyed musicians will have noticed that I play the whistle the 'wrong' way round, most people have their left hand fingers on the top 3 notes, as with the saxophone etc. My excuse is that I'm left-handed.
Ann Alex

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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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