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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Montreux Jazz Festival - Diana Krall, George Benson. July 18

(Review by Ron Ainsborough.)
I am a huge fan of Diana Krall, having many CDs and DVD's by her. So I'm au fait with  her repertoire. This was the first time I'd seen her live and you got what it says on the tin. I Thoroughly enjoyed her set of 1.30. hours, first class singing, musicianship etc, and as predicted or expected none of her music makes me sit up and say Whow!!!! I would nearly go so far as to say she is now on the fringes of the jazz spectrum, just a debatable point though. I'm not taking anything away from her it was a lovely one and a half hours.
The second set featured the George Benson Band who did a set reprising most of his vocal hits of the past many years. Not unlike Diana Krall, he too has largely retreated from the jazz face. His following of fans in the hall were all behind him and he was obviously very popular. I have a couple of his 60 's recordings where he plays great jazz guitar, but his repertoire does not get remotely close to that side of his musical life now. Faultless singing and the musicians with him were top quality but it did not hold my attention. Consequently we retreated to the bar long before he finished and watched him on the big screens outside the main hall.
A pleasant night of music though.
Roll on Montreux  2014 , we love the place!!!!!!
Ron Ainsborough.

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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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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.)
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