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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 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.

Monday, April 08, 2013

GIJF: Some Highlights A personal view from Ann Alex

First things first –food.  I like the new arrangements in the cafe, where you can order your meal, then sit down with a number till it comes.  I had Aracini – risotto in breadcrumbs – delicious.  Why not try the posset, a dessert from the new bar at the west door?  A delicious milk pudding with fruit compote which I believe they ate in Medieval times.  And the only time in the year that I get to eat caviare is with the nibbles provided at the press reception which opens the festival.  No, I haven’t become a food writer, so what about the music?
I loved the enthusiasm of the band ‘Dropping Bombs’, made up of students from the Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music degree, who played on the concourse on Saturday, especially their version of Monk’s Well You Needn't, with the usual Monk quirkiness, stops and starts, and delightful trombone and sax solos.  Then there was the fun of our vocal improvisation workshop, when we sang repeated riffs in 3 groups, quite beautiful, and encouraging for singers.  The Bireli Lagrene Quartet was enjoyable, and from my seat on level 2 of hall 2, I had an excellent view of the drummer.   These musicians are fascinating to watch (yes, drummers ARE musicians) as they have so much to do at once, cymbals crashing or tinkling, drums being struck or brushed, then there’s stuff to do with your feet as well, and sometimes extra percussion to shake, how do they do it?
Then there was the best dressed man of the festival, as nominated by Lance, John Taylor, who could be seen on the concourse on Saturday, sporting startling red trousers and a pinkish shirt.  I understand that a prize for you may well be in the post.  Half the fun of the festival is meeting people that you don’t usually see, and you could certainly see John, no doubt about that.
But the highlight of highlights was definitely the ‘Saxophone Massive’, lead by Andy Sheppard and Chris Sharkey, on Sunday teatime on the concourse.  This is reviewed elsewhere, but I just had to mention it, what a fitting end to the festival!  The Sage became a cathedral when it started, it sounded quite spiritually inspiring, then the jazz came on.  Wonderful stuff!  I want a saxophone!
Ann Alex

3 comments :

The LondonJazz site said...

Nice piece!

Anonymous said...

Thank you. I wonder if by any chance you're a drummer? Ann Alex

The LondonJazz site said...

No Ann, sorry to disappoint!

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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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