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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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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 Sunday September 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday Jazz in the Crypt - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 2:00-6:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Line-up: Noel Dennis Trio + Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat + Anthony Strong.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue Trio - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Paper Moon Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Fabled - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. JNE.

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

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Degree Welcome Gig @ The Sage Gateshead. October 16

(Review by Russell)
A celebratory gig to welcome the Class of 2015 to the BA (Hons) Community Music and BMus (Hons) Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music degrees delivered at The Sage Gateshead in partnership with University of Sunderland. So said the blurb and that’s exactly what we got. 
The new intake of music students gathered to hear just what their tutors could do. A cast of thousands over two sets, the jazz element led the way.
 Vocalist Katherine Zeserson and guitarist James Birkett reprised their GAS Book set with two Gershwin tunes – The Man I Love and It Ain't Necessarily So. The heavyweights followed. Gerry Richardson (keyboards), Rod Sinclair (guitar), Neil Harland (electric bass) and Paul Smith (drums). The Meters, Freddie King and Jimmy Smith made for a smokin’ set. The Stumble featured Sinclair (Hey Mr Guitar Student – put down that copy of the Beano and get wood shedding!). Richardson and Sinclair had some fun on Back at the Chicken Shack, Harland slung around some funk lines and Smith surely has the patent on the metronome. The first set drew to a close with an energetic, exhausting performance from Boom Dang. Eight drummers marching, dancing, doing the hokey cokey, they were good fun, supremely talented. They hail from Dalton in Furness and distance being no object, should Graham Hardy need to call up a dep for Brendan or Nik in the Northern Monkey Brass Band then any one of these guys would fit the bill perfectly.
The second half opened with Dave Camlin (guitar & vocals), Paul Susans (double bass) and Brendan Murphy (Sauvignon  Blanc-o-phone & sundry percussion). Singer-songwriter Camlin sang with clarity and conviction (Bells of St Nemo), Susans expressed relief that the desire of the student audience to sing along spared him backing vocal duties and Murphy coaxed sounds from an array of instruments. The Sauvignon Blanc-o-phone, as Camlin called it, could well have been mistaken for Murphy’s unsuccessful entry to this year’s Turner Prize. Twenty or more wine glasses - half full/half empty, the choice is yours – crowded on to a makeshift platform resembling the empties on a table at last orders after a good night out in the club. Sauvignon Blanc or water? Who knows? Murphy rang notes from one, then, sleight of hand, another and another. 
The vocalists followed in ever-changing combinations (Camlin, Zeserson, Bex Mather and Helen Chadwick sang Cumberland Moon). One by one the evening’s participants returned to the stage (vocalist Sharon Durant and steel pan player Wendy Doyle appeared belatedly). At the last count thirteen of them were up there jamming on a Zimbabwean Hi-Life vibe Home 3. A talented lot these tutors. So, over to you, the Class of 2015.
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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