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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.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Customs House Big Band @ The Customs House, South Shields. March 16, 2013.

Peter Morgan (md/bs tmb); Paul Riley-Gledhill, Mick Hill, Ken DeVere, Gordon Marshall (tpts); Don Fairley, Chris Kurgi-Smith, Michael Fletcher (tmbs); Jill Brett, Kim Webb, Alan Marshall, Amber Reeve, Chris Kaberry (reeds); Bill Brittain (pno); Roy Willis (gtr); Alan Smith (bs gtr); Barry Black (dms); Ruth Lambert (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
The CHBB's annual back to base concert once more displayed the accuracy and precision of this well drilled unit.
Buddy Rich's Love For Sale kicked things off. Although this arrangement is to big bands what Summertime is to, I quote, "The congested field of jazz singers", it nevertheless is always a crowd pleaser with good solos from Brett, Alan Marshall and Hill. Needless to say the drum breaks by Tyneside percussion legend Barry Black were spot on. The trombones were showcased on Witchcraft and alto saxist Jill also cast a spell or two - as she did throughout the evening.
Chris Kaberry baritonised Duke's Prelude to a Kiss before Ruth appeared for her first spot of the evening.
It really was S'wonderful as was Teach Me Tonight.
More instrumentals. Jim Martin's arrangement of Sweet Georgia Brown is what, in the old days would have been referred to as a Killer Diller! - It remains an apt description! Alan Marshall and Don Fairley sharing the kudos.
A dreamy Moonlight in Vermont featured Alan Marshall - cool as a west coast cucumber. I'd love to hear him in a quartet session sometime.
Ruthtime once more and Sway took us into Latin America and had the audience swaying in their seats.
Time After Time - such a great tune and so well delivered.
The set finished with Just Friends, Satin Doll and Take The A Train - a very different A Train!
Set Two and the band set to it with Basie's Straight Ahead. Way You Look Tonight, But Beautiful (Jill), Mambo Italiano (Ruth), Black Coffee (Ruth), Spirit of St. Frederick, Georgia on my Mind, I Get a Kick Out of You (Ruth), Cheek to Cheek (Ruth), C Jam Blues (nearly everyone), Sing Sang Song (Black), Mack The Knife (Ruth) made for another well-balanced program.
It was farewell to lead trumpet Paul Riley-Gledhill who is on a "Mission to Moscow" and also Elaine Francis is no longer in the saxes although it was good to see Amber Reeve and Kim Webb in the section.
MD Morgan frequently reminded us, it was a fun evening but, there were moments of poignancy at the end when Peter spoke of the late Vince Bovill who, apart from being a first class musician himself (Vic Lewis, Oscar Rabin, Eric Delaney), was also a great supporter of the band.
Lance.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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