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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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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Message From Mike


Dear jazz fans: I thought I would send a timely reminder that clarinettist Gavin Lee brings his New Orleans Jazz to the Trinity Centre on Saturday November 17 at 7.30pm. It's always good to see a new band, and especially to encourage one led by one of our younger local musicians  Gavin tells me he will be paying tribute to legendary New Orleans reedmen past and present: included in the program will be compositions and music associated with Sidney Bechet, George Lewis, Pete Fountain, Tim Laughlin, Larry Shields, Leon Rappolo, Jimmy Noone, Johnny Dodds, Omer Simeon, Irving Fazola and others.
The personnel is Gavin Lee (clarinet) Brian Chester (piano) Dan McKeown (banjo) Phil Smith (bass) and Bill Evans (drums): Gavin says that when he formed this band two years ago, the idea was to create a sound that was influenced by authentic New Orleans jazz without a copyist approach. The accent is on creativity rather than imitation - this is evident in their eclectic repertoire which ranges from traditional blues and ragtime tunes to a splash of the funky sounds of the modern-day street parade bands, linking their fresh improvisational approach with the rich, historical sounds of the 'Crescent City'.
Don't forget, if we want traditional jazz to continue at Trinity, we need to see good support for local bands as well as for visiting "superstars", otherwise the superstars simply won't be coming anymore; the last two concerts have both seen a disappointingly low audience turnout, so it would be nice to show the good folks at Trinity that the jazz programme is a viable proposition, both in November and for the Christmas extravaganza - the Rae Brothers and the WJRK with Caroline Irwin, two bands and a great singer for the price of one! - on Saturday December 15th.
Mike.Durham

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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