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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 22, 2012

Taco Bells & others @ Morden Tower. September 21

(Review by Russell).
Lo-fi (low-financed!) promoters A Better Noise do their thing – obscure, underground, gigs for those who can be bothered. Finland’s Taco Bells were top of the bill but more of them later.
Hapsburg Braganza: Phil Begg (guitar) opened the show with, to quote Rough Trade, ‘lower case electronics’ guitar. That describes perfectly Begg’s approach. An absence of pyrotechnics, introspective leftfield folk melodies, desperately (beautifully) slow, wringing out the last resonant note. Begg’s latest vinyl release (yes, LP format!) Recurring Dreams is available at gigs or via www.altvinyl.com   
John Pope (double bass) & James Joys (clarinet & electronics)
John Pope plays jazz (Alan Glen, Lindsay Hannon). John Pope enjoys the free jazz scene – as a listener or performer. For this set he worked with James Joys (clarinet and Apple Mac). The Mac fired-up (the Silicon Valley fruit shone brightly) leaving the listener in no doubt that there would be some knob-twiddling. There was a bit of spittle clarinet playing, there was a lot of Pope’s free jazz bass playing, there was some good stuff in there.      
Taco Bells: Sami Pekkola (tenor saxophone & washing machine hot/cold hose pipe), Tero Kemppainen (double bass), Jaakko Tolvi (drums) & Stuart Arnot (trumpet)
Three youthful looking lads from Finland, approachable with an excellent command of the English language and a youthful-ish looking Glaswegian trumpeter. The quartet waited patiently to take the stage and when the core trio (the Finns) hit, blew and plucked the first notes it was immediately apparent that this was to be a Peter Brötzmann inspired set. Sami Pekkola (sporting leftfield beard – de rigueur at a Morden Tower event) attempted to blow the roof off the West Walls venue. Bassist Tero Kemppainen (loaning Pope’s instrument) did all the things required of a bassist in a free jazz context (it took him a while to adjust to the sound levels in the small space) and drummer Jaakko Tolvi impressed throughout. How is it that drummers working on the free jazz scene – however young – have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the musical vocabulary? So, to Pekkola’s party piece; attach a coiled length of washing machine hose pipe to the mouth piece to transform the sound to something akin to the oboe. Why? I don’t know. Glaswegian trumpeter Stuart Arnot, resident in Finland, joined the trio mid-set to blow some very free, furious long-note stuff. Washing machine or not Taco Bells scorched through their set with the hot tap very much full on.
Photos from "Anonymous"
Russell 

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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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