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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 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 Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Northern Monkey Brass Band @ The British Science Festival.

Graham Hardy (trumpet), Alastair Lord (trumpet), Sue Ferris (tenor saxophone), David Grey (trombone), Don Fairley (trombone), Phil Rosier (tuba), Brendan Murphy (bass drum, Nik Alevroyiannis (snare drum) + assorted university student boffins.
(Review by Russell)
The 2013 British Science Festival has taken over Newcastle city centre this last week or so. The closing outdoor event at Grey’s Monument involved university science students and an endangered species – the Northern Monkey Brass Band. The boffins conducted experiments (the Northern Monkeys weren't harmed) with the participation of budding school student scientists and curious passers-by.
Laboratory (home made) instruments (musical as opposed to scientific) were handed out. Blown, they resembled the annoying vu vu zela (FIFA 2010 World Cup) and the equally annoying kazoo. The purpose? Hmmm, something to do with sound waves and vibrations (cue the Northern Monkeys’ take on the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations). Sue Ferris’  tenor blew, Alastair Lord’s trumpet shook Earl Grey’s Monument to its foundations and David Grey’s trombone sent the tumbleweed tumbling down Grey Street.
The Northern Monkeys are the A-Team at an event like this; percussionist Brendan Murphy led a conga dance, rhythm partner Nik Alevroyiannis kept it bang on and tuba star Phil Rosier funked this way then that. Veteran ‘bone man Don Fairley enjoyed it all and Monkey in Chief Graham Hardy couldn't have been happier with the street crowd response. The band packed-up quickly, no monkeying around, and dashed off to Matfen for a gig in Matfen Church. If you’re in that neck of the woods - up in the trees or wherever – call in and hear the great Northern Monkey Brass Band.   
Russell.

2 comments :

Mark said...

They were fabulous in Matfen too - hopefully bits of the performance will find their way onto our website and youtube in the next day or two.

Lance said...

Keep us informed Mark.

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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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