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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 Monday July 22

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo @ Customs House. South Shields. October 9


Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo + Joe Peterson (guitars)
(Review by Russell).
It Might as Well be Spring, Stardust, Getting Sentimental Over You the tunes came thick and fast – revue style. No time for introductions, no small talk. Guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo suited (not particularly sharply), stood throughout the performance - not a chair, not a stool in sight. In fact their performance or routine was that of stand up comedians; Vignola the funny man, Raniolo the straight man. The Americans put on a show; scripted wise-cracking, ad-libbing, audience participation. Now, let me make one thing clear…I didn't travel to South Shields to be entertained, I didn't go out to have a laugh. After all, I'm a jazz fan! Alright, truth be told, this was good fun. 

Vignola, a bona fide jazz player, has cornered the market with his laugh-a-minute show. Strangely he looked like Hank Marvin, Wilko Johnson and Anthony Perkins all rolled into one. Alarmingly, he and Raniolo had the Shadows’ dance steps off to a tee! Mid-step Raniolo said: This isn't as easy as it looks!  Opera, ballet (Swan Lake), the symphony, all visited in a fast-paced show. The bizarre set list went on…My Blue Heaven, Frank Zappa’s Let Me Take You to the Beach, a couple of bars of Led Zeppelin then Django (Nuages, Rhythm Future, Mystery Pacific) and Les Paul (LP’s hit recording of How High the Moon). The latter was sure to be included as Vignola worked with LP for several years. 
More Richard Rodgers, Caravan, Girl From Ipanema, Its Only a Paper Moon – two sets full of great tunes played by two first rate guitarists. Vignola invited South Shields’ guitarist Joe Peterson to join him on stage to play Summertime. In such exalted company Joe, all I can say is: Well Done! One young student of the guitar, front row, looked agog, perhaps stunned by the brilliance of Vignola and Raniolo, perhaps dismayed at the slapstick show and lack of real jazz. Vignola noticed the young man. Mid tune, at break-neck pace, without missing a note said: It’s a living!
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.
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.)
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