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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.

Until July 21

Today Tuesday July 16

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

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Unique Night of Blues and Gospel from The Holy Rollers – Salsa Café November 16

Kathryn Lowdon (Vocal) and Gypsy Dave Smith (Guitar and Vocal). (Review by Kath Jobes).
Memories of the Jazz Café as it was were tangible this evening as Gipsy Dave Smith kicked the evening off with Careless Love, followed by I’m The Whining Boy, and if I closed my eyes I would have believed that there really was a trombone introduction as the skill of this great performer excelled as he mimicked the sound of a trombone to open the number… Just wow! 
Kathryn Lowdon then joined Gypsy Dave for a Willy Johnson Number, Nobody’s Fault but Mine, and then the ‘little bitty mamma’ carried on with a grand tune - Skinny Leg BluesMary Don’t You Weep, Get Away Jordan and the Claude Ely gospel number - Ain't No Grave (Gonna Hold This Body Down) followed on and the first set ended on a Gypsy Dave Smith original - Blue World.
The second set was a marathon of tunes from this superb unique duo commencing with another original by Gypsy Dave, written in the winter of 86/87 in the cold hard snows called Dead End Street.  Ida Cox’s Four Day Creep  and Looky Looky Yonder were wilder and lively but the next number Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out was a little more subdued and led nicely into a sensitive and sentimental song that would bring a tear to your eye,  What Are They Doing There Now.
The sentimental theme continued with the Kris Kristofferson number, Help Me Make It Through the Night and then a song first recorded by Huddie 'Lead Belly' Ledbetter in 1933 – Irene Goodnight, punctuated by sound effects from the entertaining humour of Gypsy Dave. 
The pace picked up for a delightful Black Betty and a well-known rugby song, Swing Low Sweet Chariot which seamlessly joined with Lord Wont You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz, before flipping back to the original tune. 
Kathryn Lowdon showed her versatility as a gifted singer on Evil Girl Blues. The final number of the night was an animated Skillet Lickers gospel tune – Don’t You Hear Jerusalem Moan, what an unforgettable end to the evening … and Holy Moly did they Roll!
Kath J.

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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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