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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 Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mark Toomey w. Jeremy McMurray Trio @ The Cherry Tree, Jesmond.

Mark Toomey (alt); Jeremy McMurray (pno); Peter Ayton (bs); Paul Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance)
By way of a change, I took the 33a bus to the Cherry Tree as it drops you at the door of the restaurant rather than walk the walk up Osborne Rd., from Jesmond Metro. I waited for it outside of the Tyneside Cinema and looked sadly at the dilapidated, run down, building opposite. It too had once been a cinema - The Odeon - arguably Newcastle's finest. I recalled, not only the wonderful films (and some not so wonderful ones) I'd seen many years ago, but also the bands I'd heard on stage. Basie, Ellington and Satchmo stand out in my memory but much earlier, before they allowed American musicians to play in the UK, many other British bands - Heath, Dankworth, Parnell, Geraldo, Ambrose and lots more. Yes, it was with heavy heart I boarded the 33a.
However, upon being seated at my favourite table, a bottle of Black Sheep (in a fancy tall glass with the brewery logo on) and a starter of Pork Rillette, Toast, Pear and Saffron Chutney - I'm just mad about saffron... -  my spirits were lifted and I was pretty close to Heaven. It only took Mark Toomey and the McMurray Mob to open the pearly gates for me to enter.
Mark has a beautiful Parker-like sound and he literally soars like a bird. But tonight it wasn't just his playing that impressed but his original compositions that intermingled with the tried and tested standards in a similar way to the manner in which the delicious Garlic Butter did with my Rump Steak and Frites.
Jeremy, as ever both melodic and harmonic - some of his block chords have so much depth they almost caused me to desert my dessert of Vanilla Panna Cotta, Shortbread Biscuit and Strawberries - almost! Peter Ayton did the announcing with a degree of unappreciated humour as well as laying down the bass lines exactly where bass lines should be laid.
On drums, this was a different Paul Smith to the pocket rocket that propelled Mo Scott to Planet Bluesville at Hoochie on Thursday. Tonight he was sedate and sophisticated yet still booting the whole caboodle along.
There is a CD available  - The Mark Toomey Quartet : Live at the Studio.
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