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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.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Graham Hardy and the Paul Edis Trio @ The Cherry Tree, Monday Sept. 23

Graham Hardy trumpet and flugelhorn, Paul Edis piano, Paul Susans bass and Rob Walker drums.
(Review by Jerry).
A brief review as I am out of practice!
A disappointing, but not disappointed audience at The Cherry Tree this evening enjoyed fine food, a first set which was excellent, and a second set which was amazing!
I flunked the “Name That Tune” test completely in the first set (jazznoramus!), but found at the interval that I had been enjoying: Long Ago and Far Away, Nica’s Dream, Like Someone in Love, Meditation and Body and Soul. Apologies for merely listing these, but I AM out of practice and was preoccupied with the delightful business of eating (not drinking, I was driver)!
I had noted with alarm the disappearance of the Monday night Table d’hote menu but need not have feared: we dined regally on the new “formule” which is the Á la Carte menu less 20%. Our bill for starters, mains and a bottle of white wine was broadly similar to the last time we dined here, almost a year ago. And the food was fabulous! Recent trips enable me to make comparisons: my crispy duck salad starter blew the socks (spice-wise) off anything I ate in Gerrard Street in London at the weekend while the coley fillet (with chorizo and crispy belly-pork) was as nice a piece of fish as any I found during our summer in France! Chapeau (hats off) to the chef!
I scored several points for tune recognition in the second set which kicked off with Joyspring followed by Boplicity, for which I scribbled “Good groove” in my notepad (not sure what that means, but it felt good). Next up was big applause for It Ain't Necessarily So – an arrangement I’d never heard before which I found later was by Gil Evans. My scribbled note here (“INTERESTING”) really didn’t do it justice!
Graham Hardy’s technique with the “plunger” on Black and Tan Fantasy had the womenfolk weak at the knees, apparently, before we were drummed into Four by Rob Walker then a belting and irresistible invitation to Sing, Sing, Sing! High octane stuff! Order was briefly restored with God Bless the Child before a marching finale of Cherokee and much more applause (the audience was small but vociferous), Wonderful!
It’s my birthday on Wednesday: I think I’ve had my best present already!
Jerry.

1 comment :

JC said...

Just to add to Jerry's review, this was one of those nights when the Cherrytree really does get a jazz club feel (with, of course, fantastic food). As one of my companions said during 'Like Someone in Love' it could have been a basement club in New York. Later Graham Hardy and the band got a cool, West Coast sound and when he picked up his mute, it could have been the Cotton Club. What could be better - four fine musicians playing great jazz with the minimum of chat and gourmet eating at the same time. Terrific.
JC

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