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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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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.

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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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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tonight @ The Lit and Phil

Jazz North East presents
COREY MWAMBA(solo vibraphone)
+ ROBERT MITCHELL
(solo piano)
+ MITCHELL - MWAMBA DUO
Wednesday 13th February | 8.00pm
Literary & Philosophical Society | 23 Westgate Road | Newcastle NE1 1SE
Tickets £10.00 | £8.00 concessions from 0191 232 0192
Note: Steps to this venue make accessibility difficult for wheelchair users

Hot on the heels of last Friday's great double bill at the Lit & Phil comes another superb pairing. Pianist Robert Mitchell is part way through a 21 date UK tour promoting his new solo album 'The Glimpse', but only Jazz North East are providing added value by putting him together with vibes maestro Corey Mwamba (it's a combination that's not even happening tonight, when Robert plays in Corey's home town of Derby).
Robert's album, due for official release next Monday but available for sale at tomorrow's gig, is remarkable in that it's made up of performances for left hand only. But any thoughts that this is a dry academic exercise are dispelled from the start: previewing the album, critic Bruce Lindsay in AllAboutJazz wrote "His left hand is a hand that creates many moods, moving across the 88 keys with flair and grace and generating rhythms and melodies which engage and surprise". An absorbing prospect.
Corey, who opens the Lit & Phil gig, will definitely be using both hands, a great number of mallets and other beaters, and probably even his feet (Guardian critic John Fordham has described him as "the balletic young Derby vibraphonist"). A real favourite of Tyneside audiences since his first appearance here little more than two years ago, Corey has also been described as "an elemental driving force", but he is equally capable of great subtlety, and solo performance gives him the chance to display the whole of his imaginative range.
And at the end of the gig a multi-handed finale as the two players come together for a spontaneous duo performance that's certain to be nothing short of dazzling. I'm told that there could be snow tomorrow, but it's likely to get quite tropical at the Lit & Phil before the night is over.

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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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