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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (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 18

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.

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

Blues/Funk/Soul

Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Bradley Johnston Trio + Giles Strong Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00.

Dan Garel & Friends - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

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

Friday, April 12, 2013

Jazz Caff Refugees At The Star: April 10: The Budtones


Fiona Littlewood (vocals/tenor sax); Stuart Findon (tenor sax); Mike Papapavlou(guitar);
John Pope (bass); Eric Stutt (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex.)
The band made a good start with a long instrumental (The Message?) with everyone getting a chance to show their metal, tenors doing lovely harmonies together, bell-like guitar, 4’s from the drums, bass doing what basses do, then came Fiona with her second instrument, singing an expressive Straight No Chaser, not the easiest of songs, plenty room for band solos, and a strong ending when she repeated ‘now is the time, now is the time.  
All The Things You Are had the Charlie Parker introduction, I'm told, but unfortunately, during this number Stuart’s tenor became ill and went out of commission, probably a loose spring, so someone suggested to me.  Stuart had to use the other tenor, which must have disrupted the set list, but they still managed well, although the total sound was obviously less full than it would have been.  I suppose this happens to all bands at some time.
You Don't Know What Love Is opened gently with just voice, bass and cymbals, a lovely slow ballad, effective solos, then back to the cymbals at the end. 
Fiona stepped aside for the next number, or so it seemed, but popped back in for some scat singing and then a musical conversation with the sax.  A Stuart Findon original, Stu’s Blues,   (about the poorly sax?) pleasantly tricky, with a cracking drum solo. The final number was Dexter Gordon’s Cheesecake, complete with wolf whistles from guitar, sax solo and more from drums, and a final chorus from Fiona.  Well done, and a gig not without its challenges.
I think I'm finally starting to understand more about bebop and the differences between that and the earlier swing styles.  Bebop is more fragmented, choppy, stop and start but also with long angular themes and solos and I love the endings with drum rolls, tenor squawks, you’re not quite sure when it has ended, quite humorous.  I imagine everyone reading this knew this already, but it’s still relatively new to me, so please bear with me!
The Jam
Heather Jane (vocals); Jeff Smith (tenor sax); Paul Gowland (tenor sax) plus John, Eric, Mike as above.
Heather treated us to an atmospheric Round Midnight, sung well, with lots of space for band solos.  Heather hails from the Lindsay Hannon jazz singing class and she can also be heard at the Chillingham session on Wednesdays, definitely a woman to watch.  Heather followed this with a fast version of Autumn Leaves, with Mike providing falling leaf sort of sounds at the end.  An instrumental rounded off an enjoyable evening, Au Privave, played by guitar, tenor, bass and drums. 
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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