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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.

Until July 21

Today Tuesday July 16

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

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Monday, April 22, 2013

Red Stripe @ Boston Spa. April 20


Neil "Red" Drinkwater (Keys), Miss Smith (Vcl), John O'Neil (ten sax), Erica Clarke (bar sax), Brant Tills (tpt), Costa (bass gtr), Ed Williams(dms)
(Review by Ray Robson).
"Jazz at the Spa" summed up Red Stripe perfectly as "now for something different" ...not quite in the Monty Python style, but nevertheless a boogie woogie mix of jive, blues, swing & rock & roll. We'd seen these guys before at Lockerbie Jazz Fest, so we were prepared for the party they bring to town ....& boy, do they know how to party ! 
The intro said it all ...Red on keyboard with just drums & guitar backing playing a few quiet bars ..then the back of the hall doors burst open & the brass guys marched through the audience playing at full pitch. We moved on to Caldonia, Rhinestone Mermaid, You Got What You Asked For, Mr Dynamite. Then a little Rock & Roll with a marvelous Blueberry Hill The Way You Look Tonight. 
The tempo does not slow with Red Stripe ....Bad Wine was followed up by the energetic Shake Shake Boom Boom before Red went all Italian in Renato Carosone's To Vuo Fa L'Americano. Jools Hollands signature tune of Enjoy Yourself followed ...we were too far gone not too by that point ! A blues Honky Tonk Train Blues gave way to the sultry Miss Smith singing Nina Simone's My Baby Just Cares For Me.
The break gave us all a chance to catch our breath, oil out throats & prepare for more......
Louis Prima's Buona Sera then an oh so lively Jump Jive had the girls up dancing in the aisles. Play Time Girl, Mini Bar Blues, Elvis' That's Alright, Route 66.....what next ? We went Latino, with a scintillating Tequilla which included a "conga" like march of all the band around the room while playing.....just time for the bands signature Red Stripe Boogie with audience singing before loud applause from the appreciative audience drew an encore of See You Later Alligator.
Red Stripe are a high octane energy sapping party band that blow you away....they don't just play great music, they thoroughly entertain everyone. Any chance you get to see them live - take it !
Well done yet again to the "Jazz at the Spa" crowd for another great night with a deserved full house.
If you've not been, make the trip any Saturday night ....see http://www.jazzinthespa.co.uk/ for gig list.
Ray Robson

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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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