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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 Saturday August 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Mellow Baku - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Line-up: Mello Baku (vocals), John Hallam (reeds), Andy Dickens (trumpet), Ian Bateman (trombone), Tom Kincaid (piano), Rachel Hayward (guitar, banjo), John Day (double bass), Nick Millward (drums).

Jo Harrop w Paul Edis Trio - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £10.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Boys of Brass - Bill Quay Beer & Music Festival, Brack Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead NE10 0TT. 3:00-4:30pm. (Festival 1:00-11pm). Tickets: £10.

Xhosa Cole-Francis Tulip Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Evening

Matt Anderson & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 6:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Tony Kofi & the Organisation - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 8:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Picturehouse Deluxe + Kay Greyson - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. 8:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Georgia Turnbull (vocals & keys), Thomas Dixon (reeds), Jamie Mackay (guitar), Adam Cornell (bass), Ben Fitzgerald (drums).

Jam session - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 10:00pm. Free. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, April 06, 2013

GIJF Day 1 NYJO with Mark Nightingale, Jacqui Dankworth and Jason Yarde. April 5.

(Review by Lance)
(NYJO trumpet section. Photo credit: Mark Savage.)
After Jambone's opening set with Tim Garland and Paul Edis' compositions (review due shortly), NYJO had it all to do.
However, NYJO has grown in stature over the years and these days it can hold its own against any big band anywhere. Add soloists of the calibre of Mark Nightingale, Jason Yarde and Jacqui Dankworth and you have the ingredients for an evening of unmitigated delight!
The brass section in particular unleashed their power from the start - a big, round, collective, sound that,. aided by the legendary Hall One acoustics, shouted out, "hold on to the ceiling".
The saxes, smooth and facile, the rhythm section driving the horns forward and, with MD Mark Armstrong holding it all together, they told us in no uncertain terms that THIS IS AN ORCHESTRA!
Lots of good soloists within the band whose names I unfortunately didn't catch and 3 superb guests.
Mark Nightingale's trombone feature Bill from Showboat was an absolute joy to hear. A big sound, he took the Jerome Kern tune and made it not Bill but William, Sir William, King William - William the Conqueror!
Ms Dankworth looked lovely and sounded super then Jason Yarde on alto joined up with Nightingale for Tag. An amazing arrangement. Dissonant, discordant and complex it made Kenton's Peanut Vendor sound like the local Sally Army band playing Abide With Me! This was wild and then some!
Leader Armstrong blew trumpet (or was it flugel? Can't remember) on What is This Thing Called Love?
Dawn Before Dark Before Dawn was dedicated to the late Chris Dagley and the final number brought all three guests together for a jam on Oh Lady Be Good with Jacqui's vocalese chorus outstanding.
A good start to the festival.
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.
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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Lance