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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 July 22

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

CD Review: Grace Kelly - Live At Scullers


Grace Kelly (vocal, saxophones); Jason Palmer (trumpet); Pete McCann (guitars, ukulele);  Zach Brown (bass); Mark Walker (drums); Eric Law (Cello); Jaime Woods, Chantale Sterling (backing vocals).
(Review by Ann Alex).
No, not that Grace Kelly, this is a 19 year old singer and sax player giving a live performance from her ‘home’ jazz club in Boston USA, where she’s been known since the age of 6.  The songs and instrumentals were all composed by Ms Kelly except for the two jazz standards on the CD, The Way You Look Tonight, and the ubiquitous Summertime, though the latter is an instrumental, (please note Lance!) so not sung by yet another woman singer.  
I found the mixture of styles a bit disconcerting.  The first 6 tracks are mainly jazz, then there is a sudden switch to a country song, Kiss Away Your Tears, followed by a song (Falling) introduced by reggae style guitar, with  the audience singing along.  Track 9 is back to jazz, and the final track Summertime is funk with a heavily rocky guitar.  These tracks are good individually but they sound a bit odd on the same CD.
Ms Kelly is a gifted sax player and she sings sweetly in the modern style of many young singers.  This is hard to describe, a sort of musical hiccup on some of the words, which I find appealing.  (The same sort of sound occurs in the choruses of some sea shanties).  Outstanding tracks include the opener Please Don’t Box Me In, which has a relaxing easy sound which builds to a sort of Baroque style chorale between trumpet and sax, then a climax from the whole band.  Eggshells is lyrically interesting with its repeated mantra of ‘I’m tired of dancing over eggshells’. Ready, Set, Stay is an amusing song about spending the day at home with your boyfriend instead of going to work, and the track includes a pleasing 1920’style cello solo.  This disc won’t qualify as my CD of the year, but it is nevertheless pleasant listening.
The CD is released by Pazz Productions LLC
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.
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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