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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.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

CD Review: The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra - Christmas Time is Here.

Mark Tucker or Tim Green, David King (alt); Greg Tardy, William Boyd (ten/clt); Tom Johnson (bar/ bs. clt); Michael Wyatt, Stewart Cox, Michael Spirko, Tom Cox, Vance Thompson (tpts); Tom Lunberg, Don Hough, Chris Mac Tavish, Brad McDougall (tmbs); Robert Owen, Jeffrey Whaley, Mark Harrell, Mitzi Hall (fr. horn); Sande MacMorran (tub); Bill Swann (pno); Dan Trudell (org); Rusty Holloway (bs); Keith Brown (dms); Bob Adamcik (perc); Jill Andrews, Kelle Jolle,  + choirs.
(Review by Lance)
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, so please put a CD in the old man's hat.
When this disc arrived it reminded me that there were but 65 bopping days to Christmas and I hadn't even picked out a turkey!

Well, I can say from the outset that this disc is no turkey and it is most likely to be on the player on Christmas Day as I dismember the unfortunate bird and share it amongst the cannibals sitting around the table - hopefully with their ears as well as their mouths open.
The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra are based in East Tennessee and boast 17 of the area's top pro musicians. With a cushion of 12 original arrangements by leader Vance Thompson to work on the ensemble produces a sound comparable with almost any equivalent big band past or present.
Dan Trudell has several blasts on the good old faithful Hammond B3 blending nicely with the horns. Greg Tardy on tenor and Tim Green, alto, are also well featured. Both saxes have that delightful west coast feel about their playing - Bud Shank, Art Pepper, Bob Cooper, Bill Perkins - Thompson handles the trumpet solos equally well in the same idiom.
Jingle Bells, over a samba rhythm, has Green and Tardy having fun riding high on a one horse open sleigh.
Green continues blowing on A Not So Silent Night with the B3 keeping the neighbours awake - and I bet they're not complaining!
Jill Andrews treats Oh Little Town of Bethlehem as a ballad and she does it effectively. Leader Thompson says, "She has a gorgeous voice and really knows how to capture a mood. She also sounds like she's from East Tennessee, and I felt that was an important statement to make. We're not a New York band, after all."
To add to this wonderful Christmas stocking we have the Church Street United Methodist Choir and the choir of the Community Evangelistic Presbyterian Church giving a gospel feel to the final track - Children Go Where I send Thee.
Thank you Santa for making Hebburn your first stop!
Knoxville Jazz Orchestra - Christmas Time is Here is released on November 1. More on the KJO @ www.knoxjazz.org.
Lance.
PS: This CD is dedicated to the memory of Bill Scarlett - a legendary figure in East Tennessee music circles.

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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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