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Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (DownBeat, September 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 Saturday August 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Mellow Baku - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Line-up: Mello Baku (vocals), John Hallam (reeds), Andy Dickens (trumpet), Ian Bateman (trombone), Tom Kincaid (piano), Rachel Hayward (guitar, banjo), John Day (double bass), Nick Millward (drums).

Jo Harrop w Paul Edis Trio - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £10.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Boys of Brass - Bill Quay Beer & Music Festival, Brack Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead NE10 0TT. 3:00-4:30pm. (Festival 1:00-11pm). Tickets: £10.

Xhosa Cole-Francis Tulip Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Evening

Matt Anderson & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 6:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Tony Kofi & the Organisation - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 8:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Picturehouse Deluxe + Kay Greyson - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. 8:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Georgia Turnbull (vocals & keys), Thomas Dixon (reeds), Jamie Mackay (guitar), Adam Cornell (bass), Ben Fitzgerald (drums).

Jam session - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 10:00pm. Free. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Jazz Esquires @ The Porthole

Miles Watson (tpt/vcl/dms); Tony Winder (ten/sop/clt); Terry Dalton (tmb/vcl); Roy Gibson (pno); Robin Douthwaite (gtr); Stan Nicholson (bs); Laurie Brown (dms/clt) + Teresa Armstrong/Ann Alex (vcls).
(Review by Lance.)
This was a jolly, fun-filled afternoon with the jazz on the jolly side. Seasonal headgear was in abundance both on and off the stage. 

That good old maxim of Duke's that It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing held true as Miles explained in song and story the essential elements of that most ephemeral quality. 9:20 Special kept the pendulum moving and Terry Dalton's trombone solo almost caused another trombonist in the audience to look up from the Daily Telegraph!
It Had To Be You featured Tony on soprano - not to be confused with Mafiosi Tony Soprano who didn't wear a Tam O' Shanter! Lullaby of Birdland and All I Do is Dream of You brought us up to half time with the home team well in front.
George Laing and Brian Lynam were absent so, after Laurie's  Stranger on the Shore, it was Teresa who stepped up to the mic. Mean to Me and I'm In The Mood for Love were delivered in her confident and inimitable style. Love her to bits.
A hard act to follow but, I'm pleased to say, our own Ann Alex also grabbed some plaudits with Bye Bye Blackbird and All of Me - a score draw.
A Xmas medley followed before a blistering  Tiger Rag which brought back memories of Harry Roy - or was it Derek Roy? (Fifties comedian).
Jumping at the Woodside really did jump with all the guys soloing at 100%. Darktown Strutters' Ball had a vocal by Terry whom, Miles pointed out, had played the same number with Elvis Costello's father (Ross McManus during his tenure with Joe Loss). 
You get to mix with the stars at The Porthole.
Tuxedo Junction brought us up to Ferry Time - it had been an enjoyable afternoon.
No session next week on Boxing Day.
Photos.
Lance.
PS: You can see by the photo how much everyone was enjoying it!

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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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