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Giovanni Guidi: "So many jazz albums today are all original compositions, and five minutes after the record is finished, you can't remember a single song. I think it's a problem." - (JazzTimes Oct. 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.

Friday October 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things - Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 7:00pm. £8.30. - £5.80. Film (2019, 89 mins) directed by Leslie Woodhead. Swing Bridge Trio in Café Bar following screening.

Dave O’Higgins & Colin Oxley - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. £20.00. ‘O’Higgins & Oxley Play Monk & ‘Trane’. Oxley replaces Rob Luft.

Paul Taylor - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. Tel: 0191 334 5119. 7:30pm. Free (donations). An Ushaw Piano Festival event.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Guisborough Big Band - Saltburn Golf Club, Guisborough Road, Saltburn TS12 1NJ. Tel: 01287 622812. Time TBC.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. Time 8:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Blues/Soul etc.

Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Alan Glen Trio/Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. April 3, 2013

Alan Glen (keyboards), John Pope (double bass) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Pianist Alan Glen last played at the Chillingham in August of last year. It was good to have him back working once again with bassist John Pope and versatile drummer Paul Wight. Glen’s set list draws on the standards - It’s You or No One, How Deep Is the Ocean?, You Don’t Know What Love Is, Beautiful Love -  yet he finds something new to say every time. 
Intros are often extended (works of art in themselves), the tune cleverly disguised, slowly revealed. Pope and Wight can be left hanging, waiting their cue and then they’re off! Swinging jazz piano, a ballad, all carried off with aplomb considering Barrie Ascroft’s keyboard refused to deliver Rocket 88, more like 87, then 86, 85…! Take it to the Bridge need a new piano! JP’s bull fiddle needed a good talking to. JP did his best but it just wouldn’t co-operate – picture the scene…mid - tune, up tempo, as our bassman fought valiantly to keep it in tune without missing a note! Victor Young’s Weaver of Dreams, an all-time classic if ever there was one, followed and then a Glen original, I do believe - Put That in Your Pipe and Smoke It-– stood comparison with the GASbook and Dizzy got a look in with Woody ‘n’ You .
A first class set. Don’t leave it so long before you return Mr Glen.
Take it to the Bridge: Dave Weisser (flugelhorn & vocals), Barrie Ascroft (keyboards), Paul Gowland (tenor saxophone), Ivan Scutt (electric bass), Paul Wight (drums), Deon Krishnan (electric bass) + Harley Johnson (keyboards)
The Chilli’s regular session, either side of Alan Glen’s master class, featured a slew of familiar names. Good to see Dave Weisser looking and sounding so good, mainstay Barrie Ascroft held it all together, Weisser and Paul Gowland (tenor) worked horns in unison on There is No Greater Love.and the music student himself, Ivan Scutt, turned up to play a couple of tunes. DW sang on Chick Corea’s 500 Miles High (excellent tenor from Gowland) and two highlights of the evening…one, a recurring strand in the form of five and six string bassist Deon Krishnan - first rate, sensitive playing, the other a cracking take on All Blues featured Harley Johnson (himself a music student these days), Gowland, six-string Krishnan and DW. Paul Wight played all night – strike a medal! Great playing all round. Time was up and they brought it home with Blues for Duane. What a great night!  
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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