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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 Tuesday July 16

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

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 12, 2012

CD Review: Two for The Road Tianna Hall and The Mexico City Jazz Trio


Tianna Hall (vocals); Augustin Bernal (bass); Miguel Villicana (piano); Gabriel Puentes (drums)
Also David Caceres (vocals/saxophone); Mike Wheeler (guitar); Lisa Vosdoganes (cello) on some tracks.
(Review by Ann Alex.)
Tracks; Till There Was You/ What is This Thing Called Love?/ When October Goes/ They Can't Take That Away from Me/ Creep/ You'd be so Nice to Come Home to/ Black Hole Sun/ I've Never Been in Love Before/ Good Morning Heartache/ I’m not in Love/I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter/ So In Love/ Moon River/ Two for the Road. 
Tianna Hall, from Houston, Texas, is a Grammy recognised vocalist who has been singing jazz since 2004.  She has previously sung in musical theatre and opera and this is her fourth recording.  And all this past experience certainly shows in this superb CD.  What I especially liked is that she seemed to understand all these songs, and how to interpret them.  The song comes first, to be sung without too much drama, no scat and great skill.
The musicians were well up to the job and beyond, with short solos, nothing overdone, and nifty, neat, skilled arrangements.  For instance track 2 had wonderfully shifty drums and an understated vocal; Track 3 was a heartfelt song about loss with only voice and piano; this lead to the gently cheerful saxophone of They can’t Take That away from Me.  For Creep, a song about a woman who felt out of her depth in a relationship, there was a twirling uneasy bass which fitted well.  I loved Good Morning Heartache, where Ms Hall managed to build the tension slowly, with slight stumbles on the words, and the musicians hinted at Cry Me A River. Track 11 was tastefully accompanied by bass only, and on tracks 12 and 13, the vocalist used her voice in a more musical theatre style, to great effect.  I’m glad I got this CD to review as I’ll play it a lot in future, as a lesson in how to sing jazz well.
Two for The Road  Tianna Hall and The Mexico City Jazz Trio was issued in the States in September on the Mighty Pretty Records label.  
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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