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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Monday, November 05, 2012

Jeremy McMurray Ensemble @ The Cherry Tree

Jeremy McMurray (pno); James Birkett (gtr); Peter Ayton (bs); Paul Smith (dms).
All around me weapons  of mass destruction were exploding, missiles were being launched, the skies were a sea of cascading flames - the start of WW3 or just another Guy Fawkes night? This was in the famous TV town of Hebburn. By the time I got to Jesmond, things were a little quieter and, judging by the crowds heading along Osborne Rd., I guess there was a more organised gunpowder plot  down the road apiece. .
I settled for the musical fireworks at the Cherry Tree.
Even here it at first appeared it might be a damp squib owing to some malfunction of Peter Ayton's bass guitar. 
Troupers that they are, Birkett and McMurray tackled Autumn Leaves whilst Smith and Ayton worked on curing the ailing bass. As for me, I was starting with Smoked Ham Hock Terrine, Fried Quail's Egg, Pease Pudding and Garden Leaf.
The bass mended, the quartet got going with Johnny Green's Out of Nowhere. Guitar and piano don't always work well together but they did in this setting. Both guys soloed brilliantly and, somehow, managed to avoid any chordal clashes.
Black Orpheus, with it's bossa rhythm and tricky changes accompanied my Beef Flank Pie with Suet Crust Pastry and Buttered Vegetables. Well, if you think the Black Orpheus changes are tricky try negotiating the aforementioned dish!
I must confess I have an aversion to pies served in a separate dish and I should have asked beforehand if this was the case. I didn't so I can hardly complain.
Scrapple From The Apple took my mind off pie crusts and Peter, Paul and - where was Mary? - had their say during a round of fours with the front men.
When Sunny Get's Blue - one of those ballads to die for - had the two Jays digging deep into an emotive vein and I swear my own eyes got grey and cloudy. Mint! A rollicking Take The A Train and then the set finished, as I finished my White Chocolate & Nut Blondie, Vanilla Mascarpone, with Doxy - Sonny Rollin's re-working of Ja-Da (or as the River City Jazzmen renamed it - Albert, Albert - driving in his Sunbeam Talbot).
The Cherry Tree continues to present the best in jazz and food - what more do you want? You eat, you listen to jazz - seems a no-brainer not to show your face!
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