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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Evening

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Hot Fingers: Customs House, South Shields: Friday April 19.


Thomas ‘Spats’ Langham (banjo, guitar, ukulele, vocals, wearing spats); Danny Blyth (guitar, mandolin, clarinet, bass clarinet, triangle, vocals); Malcolm Sked (bass, tuba, vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex)
What a fun night was enjoyed by all, including Lucy (aged 7, I suppose) sitting at our table, when this band played to a full house, giving us loads of tunes and songs from the 1920’s, many anecdotes from Spats about the composers and performers of the past, and amusing crazy lyrics in many of the songs.  
They certainly knew how to write a happy song way back then.  I quote:   ‘God charges no rent’ (from the singing of Al Bowlly, in The Old Man Of The Mountains); robots mentioned for the first time in the song Persian Rug; from the song It All Belongs To Me (about a likeable woman), ‘a disposition like a sugar bowl’.
From a 1925 song about a beautiful woman: ’she could take a Scotsman out to shop’.
And of course, very skilled playing from the band.  Spats' banjo was wonderfully tuneful with varied tones, the best banjo I’ve heard anywhere. Danny Blyth is a skilled multi instrumentalist, blowing, plucking and tapping, and it was good to see such an unusual instrument as the bass clarinet, which stands on a spike like a cello.  And I mustn’t forget the triangle, you don’t see many of them at jazz do’s. Malcolm Sked was a faithful anchor man, with the rude-sounding tuba and a steady bass which produced good tunes.  You had to be there to fully appreciate the chat and humour, but if I mention some of the songs, you’ll get the idea.  We had Shanghai Shuffle; Change Partners; Leisure Town; Skirts (this was recorded by Billy Cotton);The Harry Lime Theme; A Russian Lullaby; In A Persian Market; Doux Ambience; Good Little Bad Little You; Brother Can You Spare A Dime? (this was banned in the USA originally); You Can’t Get To Heaven That Way (the audience clapped along); Besame Mucho (the audience sang the chorus); By A Waterfall; Nagasaki; Buona Sera.
The evening was rounded off with a well-deserved encore  I’ll See You In My Dreams.
Good all round jazz-based entertainment, which could be enjoyed by non-jazzers as well, and would be an excellent introduction to jazz for beginners.  
Ann Alex
   

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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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