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Poncho Sanchez: "When I perform it's my life story." - (DownBeat October 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 Thursday September 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Alexito & Loco Machine - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ (booking essential). Guest: Alice Grace.

Bradley Johnston Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student).

Sudden Jazz Quintet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free (donations).

Eclectic - Tees Hot Club, Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9:00pm. Free. Rick Laughlin (keys); Alan Thompson, Dan Johnson, Sue Ferris, Josh Bentham (saxes); Ian Halford (drums).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk

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

Monday, March 25, 2013

Compassionate Dictatorship @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.. March 24, 2013

Tori Freestone (tenor saxophone), Jez Franks (guitar), Dave Manington (double bass) & James Maddren (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Another freezing ‘spring’ evening. Will the big freeze ever end? Perhaps global warming has plunged us into twenty thousand years of sub-zero temperatures. Oh, well, the Bridge Hotel’s heating (30 centigrade) did the trick and the hard-core audience turned out to hear Compassionate Dictatorship. It comes to something when just about everyone is on first name terms!
As for the band, co-leaders Tori Freestone and Jez Franks hadn’t been up to Newcastle for a while, bassist Dave Manington’s CD Hullabaloo was reviewed recently in these pages by Debra Milne and first call drummer James Maddren has been to Tyneside so often of late that Honourary Geordie status could soon be conferred upon him! The frontline pairing of Franks (guitar) and Freestone (tenor) write the material and on this occasion the new CD Entertaining Tyrants provided the bulk of the tunes across two sets. Franks’ Ratios and Bubble and Squeak (named after drummer Tim Giles’ children – no, they’re not called that) opened the programme with a first solo for bassist Dave Manington on the latter number. Freestone’s The Chophouse (the name of a pub in Manchester) was written for trumpeter Neil Yates (soon to be heard at this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival) and further illustrated the band’s forte - a cohesive group sound, largely devoid of up-front soloing. The first set concluded with Franks’ Anger Management, a tune inspired by a saxophonist. I wonder who it could be? Freestone’s tenor was politely angry - a case of successful anger management!
The interval raffle was re-drawn as the winning ticket holder was thought to be downstairs at the bar (hard luck Bill!) and we cracked-on with the second set. Frank’s Mushroom Effect led to Freestone’s Pottering Around (name the influential tenor player…) which featured a Maddren drum solo. A Franks’ ballad - Sit Tight - confirmed the guitarist’s command of his Gibson. Universal 4, dedicated to the virtuoso vibraphonist Jim Hart (he counts in everything in 4/4 regardless of the time signature - good for a laugh!), ended an enjoyable evening. An encore was called for and Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now (arr. Freestone) captured the spirit.  
Russell.             

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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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