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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.

Until July 21

Today Tuesday July 16

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

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

RIP Dave Brubeck.

Just heard the sad news that pianist/composer Dave Brubeck has died one day before his 92nd birthday. I don't think there is a jazz fan alive who hasn't, at one point, had strong feelings about Dave and his music. Personally I loved him and saw him many times in Newcastle as well as travelling to Leeds to hear him. Apart from the unusual time signatures he also composed such lovely pieces as In Your Own Sweet Way and Strange Meadowlark.
He didn't always swing, but when he did it was something else! and even when he wasn't swinging it was still something else!
The quartet with Paul Desmond, Gene Wright and Joe Morello was probably the most successful small group in jazz history - Wright (age 89) is now the sole survivor. 
The Brubeck legacy is in the hands of his sons Darius, Chris, Dan and Matthew. I had the honour of interviewing Darius two years ago and he told me then that Dave was still giving concerts and playing well.
I guess he was probably the last living jazzman to be known by the general public.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.

4 comments :

Lance said...

I must retract that last statement as Marian McPartland herself is known throughout America and the world for her Piano Jazz Radio program and is actually 94! I'm sure she won't mind me mentioning it. I'm currently reading a fascinating biography of the lady and Dave Brubeck is frequently mentioned.

Russell said...

On the same day thirty five years ago Roland Kirk died.

Anonymous said...

Touched by the family response. It confirms what was already apparent from seeing TV interviews etc. - Dave Brubeck was an absolutely lovely, loyal and genuine guy.
Roly

John T. said...

My first ever "modern" gig was Brubeck at Newcastle City Hall. Cheap student seats on the stage and I was mesmerised by Joe Morello

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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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