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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 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 Tuesday July 23

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

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Thursday, March 21, 2013

JNE Update

8.00PM SUNDAY 24TH MARCH
COMPASSIONATE DICTATORSHIP
Tori Freestone (saxes); Jez Franks (guitar); Dave Manington (bass); James Maddren (drums)
It’s only three weeks since drummer James Maddren was last at the Bridge, with the Ant Law Quartet, a gig which prompted BeBopSpokenHere reviewer Lance Liddle to describe him as “one of the current drum demi-gods”. And so he is, but he’s in equal company here with a group that’s been steadily building its identity and its reputation since its 2007 formation by guitarist Jez Franks and saxophonist Tori Freestone, both of whom write material for the band and are effectively its co-leaders.
Compassionate Dictatorship’s debut CD ‘Coup d’Etat’ drew comparisons with the great pairing of Joe Lovano and John Scofield, but their most recent album ‘Entertaining Tyrants’ (just released, and available at this gig) demonstrates that they have continued to evolve, both in the confidence of their compositions – tricky, complex, but always accessible - and in the imaginative interplay between the front-line instruments. With potent underpinning from the bass of Dave Manington and Maddren’s brilliantly sympathetic drumming, this is now a band that’s right up there in the vanguard of contemporary British jazz.
A Joint Promotion with Splinter @ The Bridge. We regret to say that there is no wheelchair access to the pub's music room.
THE BRIDGE HOTEL, CASTLE GARTH, NEWCASTLE NE1 1RQ
Admission at the door  £8.00 & £6.00 concessions. Doors open 7.30pm.
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For details of other of our forthcoming gigs please visit our website at www.jazznortheast.com

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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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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance