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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.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Young Collective Jam @ Hoochie. Thursday Sept. 20

David Gray (tmb); Tim Bloomer (gtr); Dominic Snaith (keys); Katie Trigger (bs); Robbie Houston (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
You go into a bar - cocktails 2 for the price of 1. It's a young trendy place. There's a band playing - cool, groovy but, 'alf a mo, the front man's playing trombone! Trombone, I ask you? But, tell you what, he can 'play that thing'!
Yes, young Master Gray has moved on from his first tentative appearance at the Jazz Café. Since then he has graduated by way of the band that once was Horn Dogs - now Northern Monkeys or something - to the level of a soloist capable of holding his own as the lone frontman at the Young Jazz Collective's Hoochie Jam Session.
Nothing pretentious (thank goodness!) just good old jam session blowing.
Watermelon Man; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; a funky Stevie Wonder song and Jaco's legacy - The Chicken - were some of the numbers that made this a storming first set.
Listening to David blast (and I use the word advisedly without any disrespect) it was like a lesson in the history of Slideology. Gray doesn't do Green (Benny or Urbie) he comes from Ory, Clyde Bernhardt and Jimmy Knepper to Dennis Rollins with maybe a little Brian Chester on the side.
Not that this was a one man show - far from it. Tim Bloomer is a jazz rock guitarist who can thrash and shred with the best but also has a lyrical side which was somewhat hidden tonight.
On bass guitar, lovely Katie Trigger just laid back and let the riff's hang out. Melodic and harmonically rich Katie is a driver not a passenger. Robbie kept them up to scratch and Dominic played some interesting keyboard - not least when in B3 mode.
Sadly, the young trombonist didn't return for the second set and the rock element took over from the jazz side with Tim Creaming it a la Clapton and Co. Still great but I did miss a horn out front just for variety.
I don't know what the average age was but I'd guess they were in the lower twenties which is encouraging.
Nice one. It's a shame the jazz community still opts away from this venue but then again, they seem to opt away from most venues particularly when the local millionaires are kicking the pigskin around!
Photos.
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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Lance