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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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Monday, September 23, 2013

Delius, Brice & Sanders @ The Bridge Hotel. Sept. 22

Tobias Delius (tenor saxophone & clarinet), Olie Brice (double bass) & Mark Sanders (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Jazz North East’s On the Outside strand of free jazz and improv gigs began its autumn season with a co-promotion with the Bridge Hotel’s resident jazz promoters Splinter @ the Bridge. Toby Delius was in town making a first appearance in the north east working with regular visitors Olie Brice (bass) and drummer Mark Sanders.
Standing under the stage lights, from a distance Delius bore a resemblance to the late Mel Smith and frantic body movements recalled the late, great Dr Feelgood vocalist Lee Brilleaux. His music, that of the improviser, focused on short, constantly changing phrases. Light of touch, breathing life into his tenor, then, in an instant, a barrage of short, rapid fire lines. The bass and drums pairing responded in a nano second to Delius’ every move. Olie Brice possesses a full, rounded sound and Mark Sanders’ trade mark clattering style (bells, gongs, blocks, the works) flitted in and out, filling the space vacated by the tenor man.
Delius is a singing tenor man – Roland Kirk style (gutteral cries, whistles, the whole body experience). Sweating buckets (three changes of shirt!), Delius gave it his all. The audience reciprocated, ‘giving it up’ for the man. On occasion a sense of swing was there not too far below the surface. It’s a fair bet that Delius could do Louis Jordan. The world of the improviser is indeed a mysterious one, there was much to be had from this performance, Delius is worth hearing again.
Next week – Sunday September 29 – Splinter @ the Bridge presents the Graeme Wilson Quartet. Highly recommended.        
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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