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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.

Today Thursday October 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Aurora - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student). Zoë Gilby, Noel Dennis & co play the music of Tom Harrell.

No Fox - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Darlington Big Band - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Gerry Richardson Jazz Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (doors 7:00pm). Free.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Holy Moly & the Crackers - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton TS18 1AE. Tel: 01642 674115. 7:30pm. £12.00.

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

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The Greyish Quartet @ The Cluny. April 30, 2013

David Austin Grey (keyboards), Chris Young (alto saxophone), Nick Jurd (double bass & electric bass) & James Bashford (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Schmazz, promoters of original music, having formally merged with Jazz North East, showed a renewed enthusiasm for all things new (original composition, the emerging musician, the ‘new’ jazz) with the booking of the Greyish Quartet. The band, led by pianist David Austin Grey, flourished in the hot house environs of the Birmingham Conservatoire and a debut CD - The Dark Red Room - showed great promise, so a gig on Tyneside was long overdue.
Grey writes the tunes and plays with an elegance recalling Dave Brubeck or perhaps John Lewis. The pianist’s declared influences range from Wynton Kelly to Chick Corea to Kenny Kirkland. Grey’s compositions tend to have great titles - Why So Negative? (a photography reference), A Crowd of Lonely People (a new composition, written on the road), Resolution, Celestial Kestrel - and in performance at the Cluny they were great vehicles for the band to improvise upon. The quartet worked well as a unit and the band leader offered generous solo space to altoist Chris Young. Young by name and Young in years, note the name as he is sure to be heard again - a real talent. Grey’s solo spots revealed a cast iron technique, rattling good piano (retro Fender Rhodes!), a rich blues seam was there to be mined and a shuttle full of the baroque and ‘new music’ references were at his finger tips. The bass and drums team - bassist Nick Jurd and drummer James Bashford - were up there with the best of the new generation of jazz players. Jurd’s precise articulation and swing feel (a rare combination) marks him out as a serious contender and Bashford made it look easy and of course, it ain’t! Four excellent musicians, one excellent band, you will be hearing more from the Greyish Quartet. Check them out.  
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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