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Michael Dease: "Slide [Hampton] is also one of the people to expand the range of the horn, so he's popping out high Fs like they're breakfast cereals." - (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 Saturday October 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Dave O'Higgins Masterclass - Hurworth Grange, Hurworth Road, Hurworth, Darlington DL2 2BN. 12 noon - 2:00pm. £20.00. A Jazz Blowers' event, places limited. Details: www.jazzblowers.co.uk

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Central Methodist Church, 21 Cockton Hill Rd., Bishop Auckland DL14 6EN. 2:00pm. £4.00. A memorial concert in memory of Gavin Belton.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 5:45pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Evening

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson 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.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Johnny Deps in Crook - Paul Edis Sextet at St. Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook, Friday 7, June 2013.

Paul Edis (Piano), Mick Shoulder (Bass), Adam Sinclair (Drums), Graeme Wilson (Tenor Sax), Chris Hibbard (Trombone) and Johnny Dunn (Trumpet and Flugelhorn).
(Review and photo by Jerry.)
7.30 p.m., summer sun (about time) streams through the high window, nibbles are on the tables, bottled ales are flowing and a chattering Crook crowd thinks they are in for a great evening. Adam’s drums rip into Administrate This, the chattering stops and the crowd know they are in for a great evening! Bring one of the region’s best bands to one of the region’s most welcoming venues and how can you fail?
This opener was better than a punch in the face which, with capitals, was also the second number of the evening – robustly “Prescottian” brass and the first of several well-received bass solos!
This mix set the pattern for the evening: originals from the group’s first CD (There Will Be Time) interspersed with originals destined to feature on the second CD “later this year” (that’s the timing, not the title), and with a couple of standards for good measure. Thus the set-list continued: Black Orpheus, Echoes/Ravelations, Missing You (Aaaaaah!), and the stonking The Timothy’s which had its first airing at the Sage earlier in the year and which is already a firm favourite of mine.
The audience lapped it up. No-one actually dropped a pin during Missing You, but if they had, it would not have gone unnoticed! Meanwhile, on the rowdier numbers, the open-beamed roof was metaphorically raised!
The interval followed, with more reasonably priced ale and generous FREE slabs of pizza (how DO they do all that for a £5 admission???). Oh, yes, there was a raffle too, and much more animated chattering before the “Star Trek” chords of Out of Nowhere took us (boldly?) into a second set which, amazingly, out-topped the first!
Re-vamp featured great sax from Graham; Chris was to the forefront again on Being with You – a tune which had the musicians smiling as much as the audience. Bowed bass from Mick ushered in the atmospheric harmonies of Eastern, then we got our breath back with the slow ballad, Elegy, before cantering to the finish line (Editor’s note: too many metaphors).
On the closing two numbers, Blues for Dad and Angular, Adam cut loose again as he had done at the end of the first set and there were solos from everyone else prompting more foot-tapping, roof-raising and general happy raucousness! Thank you Crook: thank you, Paul and the boys. A great gig!
There are more gigs booked right through to the end of the year at this new and thriving venue: get there if you can!
And finally: apologies for the “headline” – I could not resist – and a special mention (he got several on the night) for Johnny Dunn who did admirably depping in the front-line at relatively short notice.
Jerry.

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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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