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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (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 Sunday September 22

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday Jazz in the Crypt - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 2:00-6:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Line-up: Noel Dennis Trio + Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat + Anthony Strong.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue Trio - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Paper Moon Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Fabled - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. JNE.

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

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Tommy Emmanuel & Martin Taylor @ The Sage. March 8, 2013

(Review by Russell).
The Sage’s principal concert hall (Hall One) seats 1700 patrons. The appearance of guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor ensured that a good number of those seats were occupied – no mean feat in these straightened times on a cold winter’s night (spring has most definitely not yet sprung). Aussie Emmanuel has toured the world tirelessly for many years, so too Scotland’s Taylor, earning the right to perform at such a prestigious venue as the Sage Gateshead.
Emmanuel spoke of his many visits to the north east’s smaller performance spaces (the intimate Buddle Arts Centre in Wallsend, Sunderland’s equally intimate Ropery down in the docklands of Deptford and in Newcastle the Tyne Theatre before graduating to the famed City Hall) and told how he set his sights on securing a booking at what was then a construction site on the banks of the Tyne from which the Sage Gateshead would rise to dominate the physical and musical landscape.
Our musical journey in Hall One took us from Dick McDonagh and Carl Kress (Cole Porter’s’s Heatwave), Goodman’s Jersey Bounce to a Lennon and McCartney medley. Along the way we stopped off to hear more from Benny Goodman (A Smooth One, a la Charlie Christian), Fats Waller (Honeysuckle Rose), a blues, Secret Love (the imperious Doris Day is alive and kicking!) and others. Emmanuel switched from one beautiful acoustic guitar to another, sitting then standing as the mood took him, all the while demonstrating a mastery of dynamics. The Aussie showed he is no mean tunesmith with two or three crowd pleasers; the ever-popular Angelina and a brace of new ones - Blood Brother and My Travelling Clothes. All this before his show-stopper – Somewhere over the Rainbow.
Martin Taylor, a bona fide jazz guitarist (he is an endorsee of Peerless guitars and one lucky person will be entered into a hat to win the guitar that was in his hands on stage at the Sage should they purchase a copy of his latest CD at one of the gigs on this tour!), wasn’t to be outdone. Taylor’s first few appearances on Tyneside as a young man were back in the day at the Corner House Hotel. It was evident then that he was destined for the jazz stratosphere (Stephane Grappelli came calling) and he has maintained his pre-eminence to this day. Any doubters were silenced with this selection – They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Lullaby of Birdland and a simply brilliant version of I Got Rhythm (Taylor’s  simultaneous improvisation of melody line and bass line was and is the eighth wonder of the world!). A night for students of the guitar. A night for lovers of great music. A great night out at the Sage Gateshead.
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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