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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 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 Saturday September 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Solitude - St John's Church, Grainger St., Newcastle NE1 5JG. 11:00am & 2:00pm. Free. Gabriele Heller’s audio play (40mins).

Jeff Barnhart’s Silent Film Festival: Reel 2 - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Barnhart’s piano accompaniment to classic silent films.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen: River Tyne Jazz Cruise - Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Departing 1:00pm (boarding from 12:30pm) from o/s Pitcher & Piano, returning 4:00pm. Tickets: £25.00. (info 0191 252 9429/07710 528413). On board buffet & Tyne Bank Brewery bar.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50. (inc bf). Ronnie Scott's Story: 60th Anniversary Concert.

Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp & Friends - Queen's Hall Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 9:30pm. £15.00. A Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Debra Milne Ensemble: Northumberland Tennis Club, Jesmond: Friday June 7.

Debra Milne (Vocals); Alan Law (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Rob Bates (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
What could be better than jazz on a sunny summer’s evening in West Jesmond, sitting in a pleasant bar, with a view of leafy tennis courts? Debra said the band was feeling suitably relaxed and mellow (this was before they'd had a drink!). The two sets included lots of Latin numbers as well as some Horace Silver, and they produced rather a lot of musical excitement among the mellowness.  Well done!
The Ensemble made a good start with a non-seasonal Autumn Leaves, some neat improvisation and scat from Debra, playful piano and bass, then a song for the carefree mood, Devil May Care, ‘chock, chock’ went the drums, the only way I can describe the sound.  The bass opened for Wave, not the easiest of songs to sing, and continued with My Funny Valentine, including Alan on keys rippling lyrically and a fine, deep resonance from the bass.
Other numbers included Horace Silver’s Pretty Eyes (new song to me) with a fast underlying rhythm, almost martial; No More Blues; A Coltrane number (?) with a forewarning of Summertime worked in on the keys; I’m Comin' Home Baby – a hit for Mel Tormé  and written by Ben Tucker who died earlier in the week - Killer Joe; Senor Blues with Alan firing on all cylinders; How Insensitive with choppy bossa nova rhythms from drums and bass and comments from the keys; Tom Waits’ song Temptation; then Caravan. Lance’s ‘favourite’ song followed, Summertime, and he contrived to be in the loo for most of the song, by coincidence I think, so he missed a skilled solo from the keys, and this interesting set concluded with Route 66, Debra pointing to the musicians in turn for them to play fours.  What a power to have! 
Ann Alex   

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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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