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Bebop Spoken There

Giovanni Guidi: "So many jazz albums today are all original compositions, and five minutes after the record is finished, you can't remember a single song. I think it's a problem." - (JazzTimes Oct. 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.

Friday October 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things - Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 7:00pm. £8.30. - £5.80. Film (2019, 89 mins) directed by Leslie Woodhead. Swing Bridge Trio in Café Bar following screening.

Dave O’Higgins & Colin Oxley - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. £20.00. ‘O’Higgins & Oxley Play Monk & ‘Trane’. Oxley replaces Rob Luft.

Paul Taylor - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. Tel: 0191 334 5119. 7:30pm. Free (donations). An Ushaw Piano Festival event.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Guisborough Big Band - Saltburn Golf Club, Guisborough Road, Saltburn TS12 1NJ. Tel: 01287 622812. Time TBC.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. Time 8:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Blues/Soul etc.

Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Big Bash at the Black Swan.

Mo Scott (vcl); Paul Edis (pno)/Strictly Smokin' Big Band led by Michael Lamb/Hannabiell and Midnight Blue/Jenni Pascoe; Steve Urwin; Scott Tyrell (poets).Swing Tyne (dancers)/Serena Cee (dj).
(Review by Lance.)
The Black Swan Bar was doing good business, the amphitheatre of Newcastle Arts Centre was running out of chairs, the committee members of the Pink Lane Jazz Co-op were smiling  and Jenni Pascoe was poetically asking Who Am I?
This was the PLJC's Big Bash designed to raise funds and awareness of the group's efforts to re-open the Jazz Café. To this end, Dave Parker gave a progress report* before handing over to MC for the evening Big Joe Fowler.
.After Ms. Pascoe, Big Joe brought on Steve Urwin who is also a poet and, in fact, Pascoe's "other half". Urwin's contribution included a cleverly worded poem entitled The Bin Truck describing the contents of a Bin Truck - you couldn't get much further away from being compared to a Summer's day!
The poets having had their say - for the time being - Big Joe Fowler, who isn't a blues singer, introduced Mo Scott who is a blues singer.
Mo, in tandem with pianist Paul Edis, gave us a selection of blues tinged gassers opening up with that grammatical classic Is You Is or Is You Ain't my Baby? This was the first time the duo had performed in public together and it worked beautifully. Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You?, Come Rain or Come Shine, But Beautiful, Don't Explain just some of the numbers that saw the empathy grow between the two as the set unfolded. Edis also had a solo feature that ticked plenty boxes - Bill Evan's arrangement of My Foolish Heart.
On the dance floor a couple of Swing Tyne dancers moved gracefully to the music. This was one of those occasions when one art complemented another.
Another art returned with Scott Tyrell reading his poem about the Angel of the North. Tyrell isn't just a poet he's also a master of stand-up
Next up a scaled down version of the Strictly Smokin' Big Band. 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, 3 saxes, 4 rhythm, 1 vocalist.
The band really were smokin' - they were on fire! Even this minimal version exuded power. Leader Michael Lamb blew some fine trumpet and Alex Leathard excelled in his trombone feature, I Got Rhythm.Newcomer, altoist, Steve Summers (also heard yesterday with Saxophonics) came down front to solo on Do Nothing Till You Hear From me but suffered from inadequate amplification. What we did hear sounded good. A similar fate fell to tenorman Paul Gowland (also heard on Wednesday at the Star) with his dual tempo Body and Soul.
James Hedley sang Feeling Good, the Dean Martin classic, Ain't That a Kick in the Head? and Oasis' Wonderwall.
By now the dancers really were crowding the floor and the final band, Hannabiell and Midnight Blue gave them rhythm-a-plenty with Hannabiell playing conga and lustily blowing bass trombone. Paul Ruddick played alto and flute and Mick Wright was on guitar.
The perfect end to an exhausting evening!
Lance.
Kaveh Emami photos..
*To donate, volunteer or become a member of the Pink Lance Jazz Co-op go to www.pinklanejazz.co.uk.

3 comments :

Bruce said...

Thanks Lance. Glad you enjoyed it. Great evening! Bruce

Val (on F/b) said...

I'm glad it went well Lance, I came down with a nasty bug and could'nt go

Lance said...

It was superb and a great venue.

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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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