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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.

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Monday, September 03, 2012

Sassafrazz @ The Cherry Tree.

Siobhan Stanley (vcl); Mark Deeks (pno); Peter Morris (bs); John Forster (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Sassafrazz, I suspect is a new band although no doubt they are all seasoned professionals - perhaps as seasoned as my Warm Salad of Confit Duck and Chorizo Sausage with which I started the evening.
I missed the first number just as Siobhan "Missed the Saturday Dance"  which she struck up with as I arrived. Well, just as they "Crowded the floor" in the song so did the diners crowd the tables both upstairs and down. It was a very good turn out although it has to be said that this was in part due to pianist Mark Deeks who, in a parallel    universe, is involved with the Inspirational Choir at The Sage and several of his choristers had come along in support - I don't think they would have been disappointed.
This was the first time I'd heard Ms. Stanley who has a great voice that can seemingly turn from jazz to soul to blues and back again - barely dropping a beat in the process. Peggy Lee's He's A Tramp, You're So Vain, I Heard it on the Grapevine, Lilac Wine, Feelin' Good just some of the outstanding numbers in the first set.
My only criticism being the lady's need to hold the lead sheet as she sang - I don't imagine that the chef had Delia Smith sitting on his knee as he prepared my Grilled Barnsley Lamb Chop, Squash Gatin and Salas Verde. Still, if it's a new band I suppose it takes time to learn the words and she did sing them very well. Bass and drums were effective without being obtrusive,
The second set got under way with a round of happy birthdays and wedding anniversaries before the serious stuff which kicked off with, I quote, Eva Cassidy's It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing!
Deeks was featured on Summertime before he segued into Fever with some dramatic keyboard flourishes behind the vocal. Paloma Faith's Upside Down, You've Got a Friend, an agonisingly (yet quite beautiful) slow version of The House of the Rising Sun, Learning The Blues, more instrumental fireworks from the grand piano in the form of I Get a Kick Out of You whilst I was getting a kick out of Whisky and Apple Creme Brulee - Biscoti. Autumn Leaves brought us up to 33A bus time so it was with some reluctance that I left missing an original by Deeks entitled Bjork.
This was an enjoyable session and I look forward to catching Sassafrazz again - if only to learn the background to their name!
Next week - Djangologie.
Lance.

1 comment :

Mark Deeks said...

Thanks for the kind words. Whilst I'd love to take credit for writing the Bjork song, it is in fact a Bjork song! It's called Joga.

Really appreciate the comments though. If you are interested, we are supporting the new choir Echo at their Motown show at Gosforth Trinity Church on Friday December 7th at 7.30pm.

https://www.facebook.com/MarkDeeksMusic#!/events/497221353637561/

http://soundcloud.com/sassafrazz

Thanks again, Mark

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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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