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Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (DownBeat, September 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 August 25

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. Free.

Alice Grace & Nick Pride @ Great North Feast, Bents Park, Sea Road, South Shields NE33 2LD. Time 12 noon-1:00pm. Free. A 'Proper Food & Drink Festivals' event - 10:00am-5:00pm.

Zoë Gilby Family All Stars - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

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

John Pope Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

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

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlngton DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 2:00pm. Free.

The Palaminos - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Buck Clayton Legacy Band - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 7:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Line-up: Menno Daams, Ian Smith (trumpets), Robert Fowler (alto sax), Matthias Seuffert (tenor sax), Adrian Fry (trombone), Martin Litton (piano), Alyn Shipton (double bass), Clark Tracey (drums). Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Joseph Carville Trio - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 AS. Tel: 01325 332255. 7:30pm.

Francis Tulip Quintet - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. Quintet feat Xhosa Cole (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018).

The Comet is Coming - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton TS18 1AT. Tel: 01642 606525. 8:00pm. £14.00.

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

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

GIJF Day 3: Jazz Words Part 2 - Christine Tobin’s Sailing To Byzantium.


Christine Tobin (vocals and Composer); Phil Robson (guitar); Kate Short (cello); Liam Noble (piano); Dave Whitford (double bass).
(Review by Ann Alex.)
(Christine Tobin: Photo credit, Mark Savage.)
The talented Christine Tobin won a British Composer Award in 2012 for this work, which I found mostly enjoyable and true to the spirit of WB Yeats poems, which I know quite well. I’d be interested to know what people, who didn't know much of Yeats’ work, made of this.

This was very evocative material, starting with a reading of the poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree, from a CD, a poem many people may remember from their school-days   The other poems were sung with great feeling by Ms Tobin, with very skilled and appropriate accompaniment.  For instance, When You Are Old And Grey was a slow melodic tune, as suitable for a love poem, written about Yeats’ life-long unrequited love for Maude Gonne, who was married to one of the men involved in the ill-fated Easter Rising at Dublin in 1916.  The next poem concerned Celtic mythology, which interested Yeats, and began with a haunting cello introduction.  The Wild Swans At Coole concerned memories from Yeats’ younger days, with gliding swan-like music from guitar and cello.  The mood changed completely for The Second Coming, about a possible catastrophic future for the world, ‘ And what rough beast, its hour come round at last’, she sang, to shrieks and wild guitar and cello sounds, and dramatic beastly breathing into the microphone.  I thought this worked well, but not everyone liked this, as two of the audience left at this point.
I’m not sure if the final 2 poems were really successful.  The Long Legged Fly was read through a megaphone, and I couldn't understand why this was, as this difficult poem appears to be about various historical events. It would have been good to hear the poem mentioned in the title of the session, Sailing To Byzantium, in which Yeats meditates about old age, but Ms Tobin explained that its inclusion had not proved feasible. 
The short discussion which followed allowed the originators of both the Yeats and Larkin projects to outline how they had tackled their work, with comments from local award-winning poet Sean O’Brien. The discussion then developed into talk about the nature of art and music in general.
Both these jazz and poetry sessions were enjoyable and thought provoking.  
Ann Alex.

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