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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 Wednesday July 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ian Shaw and Claire Martin: Joni At 70: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell The Sage: Saturday November 9

Ian Shaw (piano, vocals); Claire Martin (vocals)
What a thoroughly enjoyable concert this turned out to be, what with great singing and piano and self-deprecating comedy, mostly from Ian, who in a parallel life, is also an occasional stand-up comic. 
Hall 2 was almost full on level 1; the stage was set to give an intimate cabaret type feel with a curtained backdrop of muted green, purple, and a curious animal print pattern; Ian seated at the piano and Claire wearing a black jumpsuit and sitting on a high stool or standing at the end of the piano.  
They performed the songs solo, in harmony, or sometimes with alternate lines, a bit of scat, bringing out the latent jazz feel which many of Mitchell’s songs possess.  They did her proud and she in turn gave them some superb lyrics, such as (about loneliness) ‘ the bed’s too big, the frying pan’s too wide’ or ‘along came a lady in lacy sleeves’ or (about growing up) ‘cartwheels turn to carwheels through the town’. The songs included a partly unaccompanied Blue; Light Up; Borderline; My Old Man; Let Your Little Light Shine; The Hissing Of Summer Lawns; Come From The Cold; I Wish I Had A River; Carrie; Amelia; Case Of You; Parking Lot; Centrepiece.  
I'm not sure of all the titles but I think readers can get the feel of the evening from this.  The moderate amount of scat had a tinge of not taking itself too seriously, especially when Ian used his hand over his mouth as a mute at one point.  Claire showed amused modesty when Shaw mentioned, more than once, the fact that she’d been presented with the OBE by Prince Charles.  Then the audience was encouraged to join in a refrain on a couple of songs.  I thought this happened only at folk concerts!  To round off a great evening, three of us ladies had our photo taken with Ian outside the Hall! (l-r: Sarah Trevana, Ann Alex, Ian Shaw, Claire Kelly.)
Ann Alex

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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