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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 Tuesday July 23

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

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Music of Bill Evans: Paul Edis Trio at the Cherry Tree, November 12.


Paul Edis (piano), Mick Shoulder (bass) and Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Jerry)
Musical ignorance is not actually bliss, but it does have one upside: I am always learning. On Friday it was Django and last night the life of Bill Evans and his music – which can be summarised thus: one bleak, t’ other beautiful!

Bleak? Drunk, abusive father, chronic lack of self-confidence, lifelong problems with drugs and money, accidental death of Scott le Faro and suicides of two of the closest people in his life – partner, Elaine and brother, Harry. “And was there a happy ending?” asked someone in the audience. “No – he died at 51,” came the reply!
But in a sense this sells them all short: we have heard much this year of the word “Legacy” – the legacy of Bill Evans is the joy his music still brings to so many people, years after these sad events. A happy ending, of sorts..
Beautiful? That there WAS joy in his life is evidenced by the fact that so many compositions are dedicated to people who meant much to him. The trio, last night, treated us to Waltz for Debbie (niece), Peri’s Scope (girlfiend),
B Minor Waltz for Elaine (long-term partner), Laurie (girlfriend till his death) and the ingeniously anagrammatic Re Person I Knew (his producer, Orris Keepnews)! Even tragedy inspired beautiful compositions such as the penultimate number at the Cherry Tree – We Will Meet Again.
The sizeable audience responded warmly to all of the above and even more enthusiastically to the most challenging pieces of the evening, Walking Up, 34 Skidoo and the closing number, Five. On TV later the virtuoso, Lang Lang, was praised for his constant exploration of new music as “musicians should not play too much inside their comfort-zone”. Evans clearly felt the need to push himself further both in composition and as a player and it was great to see these local musicians picking up the gauntlet and testing themselves with brilliant, driving, uplifting performances.
The rest of the set-list had something for all tastes- Bill’s Hit Tune, Very Early, Funkallero, My Romance, and Stella by Starlight. Solo piano treats too – I Loves Ya Porgy, the almost Christmassy Childrens’ Play Song, a refreshingly UNsentimental Londonderry Air and (my favourite on the night) the Chopin inspired Peace Piece – the perfect antidote to bleak and tortured!
And all this at another venue I love, where excellent food and friendly, accommodating service is the norm. Exceptionally last night I was not driving, so I even got to try a Black Sheep or two! Learning CAN be fun!
Jerry.

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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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