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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 August 19

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.

Evening

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

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Take It To The Bridge Jazz Workshop, The Chillingham Wednesday December 5 The Blue Jazz Quintet Becomes a Trio with Singers

Chris Finch (keys); Dave Parker (double bass); Michael Howard (drums); Ann; Jenny; Heather (vocals)
Workshop musicians: Dave Weisser (flugelhorn, vocals); Jim Crinson (fretless bass guitar); Barry Ashcroft (keys); Mike Papapavlou (electric guitar) Doe? (violin) someone else (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex.)
Sorry to anyone I've missed out or misnamed, but I'm afraid my other wits fly away when I have singing responsibilities.  Dave Weisser is running really useful and entertaining workshop sessions every Wednesday, so if you want to hone your jazz skills, this is the place to go to get good solid experience of playing with other musicians in an informal setting. 
Freddy Freeloader made for a stomping, swinging start with solos all round to get everyone on their mettle.  Then came Just Friends with a flowing keyboard solo from Barry and useful work from the bass guitar, with Dave scatting and singing in between shouts from the flugelhorn.  The band then let rip on  Killer Joe, with a slinky flugelhorn and the bass guitar cutting across and everyone swopping 4s, or maybe it was 6s or 8s!
Another quick number and the raffle, then we singers from Lindsay Hannon’s Sage class were on with the trio and other musicians popping in and out of the equation.  It was good of the Blue Jazz Trio to give us so much space in their set, and Dave and the audience were very encouraging.  
First up, myself, with a cynical Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You; a sad interpretation of For All We Know; and a lively I Got Rhythm.  People seemed to enjoy it, but how can I review my own singing?
Next came Jenny with a truly gutsy Bye Bye Blackbird; a heartfelt Body And Soul; and a stomping Night And Day; including the verse and a thumping drum and bass solo from the band, who did us proud throughout.  Heather changed the mood to Latin, with her Dindi; before taking us to Green Dolphin Street; followed by an emotional What are you Doing the Rest of Your Life.  The evening was rounded off well with most musicians on stage for Caravan, with a new drummer and a violin to help us on our way into the snow.
Long may such nights continue.
Ann Alex.

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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.)
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