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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Lewis West @ The Recital Room, Newcastle University. May 20, 2013

(Review by Russell)
Newcastle University’s Stage 2 Music Student End of Year Recitals are in full swing and today’s busy schedule ended with drummer Lewis West up for examination. Last week’s Finals Recitals featured guitarist Mike Papapavlou with West in a supporting role, today the roles were reversed with guitarist Mike only too pleased to return the favour. The presence of five string electric bassist Ruairidh Patfield made for something of a reunion as the amiable Irishman was also in on Mike’s session.
West stood out front to introduce the first of two pieces (saying it was nice to play some jazz at last!) - Tony Williams’ solo on Moose the Mooche. No pressure there, then! Examiners ready to examine and West’s esteemed drum tutor Geoff Hutchinson in attendance,
West began confidently, glancing at the music on the stand. He must have rehearsed it a thousand times. He knew what he was doing. Mike and Ruairidh listened and right on cue entered the fray. Lewis and Mike kept the fireworks in the box, the examinee in the spotlight. Ruairidh was on the money from the off. The short examination (did it feel like an eternity to Lewis?) concluded with Miles’ Half Nelson. Now these guys played this at Mike’s recital last week, so this was a breeze! Note perfect? Maybe not. Could we see the joins? Maybe. No matter, this was great stuff - solos, fours, tight combo playing. I’m sure West will progress from this Stage 2 examination and it is to be hoped that we see - and hear - more of him on the local scene.
Russell                        

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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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