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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

Evening

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

Monday, May 13, 2013

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Seaton Sluice & District Social Club. May 13, 2013

Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica & vocals), Ray Harley (trumpet), Jim McBriarty (baritone saxophone, clarinet & vocals), George Richardson (keyboards), Alan Rudd (double bass), Ian Hetherington (drums) & Olive Rudd (vocals)
(Review by Russell).
Seaton Sluice Social Club, overlooking Collywell Bay, rivals Cullercoats Crescent Club for its panoramic views of the North Sea. Cullercoats jazzers could do worse than to get along to the Maine Street Jazzmen’s monthly session up the coast and for those keen to trip the light fantastic the concert room boasts a sizeable dance floor – they were up from the first number. The beers, standard CIU keg variety, activated this reviewer’s default position…a pint of Guinness, please.
One of the  Maine Streets’ strengths is the vocal talent within the band with Jim McBriarty, Herbie Hudson and Olive Rudd sharing the duties. The Darktown Strutters’ Ball showcased Jim McB’s vaudevillian style, I Got Rhythm exclaimed Olive R (she sure has) as Mr Alan Rudd stoked a cookin’ rhythm section behind hot-shot trumpeter Ray Harley.
Across two sets McBriarty played baritone sax and clarinet (is there a member of the reeds’ family that he doesn't play?), Hudson played jazz harmonica and pianist George Richardson played all eighty eight keys.  The blues added gravitas to the performance, none more so than Olive R insisting that someone should Make Me a Pallet on the Floor - Harley’s response was to play some blues. Front man Hudson sang Buddy Bolden’s Blues, Olive I Double Dare You and the ensemble excelled on Royal (Alnwick) Garden Blues. Good time jazz played with good humour. A good night out. The next session in Seaton Sluice is on Sunday 2 June (8:00 pm).                  
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.
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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