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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.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

CD Review: Deborah Latz - Fig Tree.


Deborah Latz – vocals; Jon Davis – piano; John Hart – acoustic & electric guitars; Ray Parker – double bass; Willard Dyson – drums, percussion; Peter Apfelbaum, tenor & soprano sax, flutes, percussion, Abdoulaye Diabate – voice on She Was.
(Review by Debra M.)
Fig Tree, Deborah Latz’s third album, comprises vocal jazz classics plus a number of World Music - flavoured songs, mostly original compositions. The opening   Blue Skies has a laid back, slightly funky groove. Other stylishly delivered standards  include; Hi-Fly, You’d be so Nice to Come Home to and S’wonderful, the latter featuring Ray Parker who can be heard  vocalising  his  solo.
The Brooklyn based singer has made the most of her top notch ensemble, with Parker and Jon Davis making compelling contributions, especially in duets with the vocalist. Embraceable You, by far the shortest track, is sung virtually acapella with Parker soloing on double bass throughout. This stripped down arrangement highlights Latz’s heartfelt interpretation of the lyric, as well as the purity of her tone and fine vocal control. She is also a linguist, and  is at ease with Latin rhythms, giving a relaxed rendition of Corcovado and E Luxo So in Portuguese, and of the Hellenic  folk song  Fevgo in Greek.
The guest multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum plays a treat, with a gorgeous tenor sax solo on Ill Wind, as well as making significant contributions to Latz’s originals. 
She Was,  an unusual  musical eulogy to her stepmother,  begins with a soundscape of percussion, bass and flute evoking a storm, which resolves into the sound of the ocean. It also features the Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate, providing distinctive vocal contrast while Latz  explores the soprano end of her range. You Are, another unconventional composition,  dedicated to her husband, articulates her devotion through a sung love poem and Apfelbaum’s responsive, delicate and fluid tenor. And in the swinging  title  track, everyone has some fun  while  Latz’s “whimsical” lyric describes various animals getting together and hanging out under the Fig Tree. Her vocal improvisation is a menagerie of whistles, purrs, meows and growls, giving  an overall effect of ‘Johnny Morris meets Jazz’. Not a track for the purists, but possibly an amiable introduction to the genre for children…..
The 2 strands of this album - jazz standards, especially ballads, and original compositions / World Music - don't quite meld together. However they do  illustrate  the quality and distinctive nature of Deborah  Latz’s repertoire.
Deborah Latz - Fig Tree is available from May 7, 2013
Debra M.

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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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