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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.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

It’s a Lockout! - Djangologie at St.Cuthbert’s Hall Crook - Friday November 8

Mick Shoulder (bass), Emma Fisk (violin), Giles Strong (guitar) and James Birkett (guitar).
(Review by Jerry)
Even when the main door jams and can’t be fixed there’s always a welcome (and a biblical abundance of pizza!) in Crook. 80+ of us (more than there were printed tickets for!) trooped through the back door and settled down for a great return visit by Djangologie. Two latecomers were literally locked out when the back door clashed shut – but they were swiftly admitted when their plight was spotted: in Crook, there is a welcome even for the tardy (and pizza and CD’s)!
 I mention CD’s because Mick did, repeatedly: sartorially elegant like an extra from The Godfather, he warned that no-one would leave without a CD so it looked like we might have a lock-IN as well. Not necessary, as it happened – no-one wanted to leave at the end, never mind during the performance. And he DID sell lots of CD’s, though I'm sure this was down to the quality of the music rather than the threads (or threats)!

The set-list featured a mix of “nice old tunes” (Reinhardt, Archibald Joyce), more recent tunes (Winterstein’s Hunn O Pani Naschella– still can’t find a translation for that –and Jovanovic’s Gelem Gelem  for example) and an even more recent composition by Thomas Dutronc who is, according to Emma, “gorgeous”! No surprise really (showing my age here!) as his mother was Francoise Hardy, and who DIDN’T have a crush on her??? Interspersed with these were great originals musically chronicling the “mainstays” of Mick’s life – “dogs and failed romance”! It’ll make a great biopic one day, for sure! Some (Feuille d’Automne, Dans Mon Endroit Tranquille, Beautiful Till 3 for example) were already old friends from yomping up and down the M1 where Djangologie’s CD is required listening (go easy on us, Mick, we’ve already bought it!)  Others were completely new to us such as Song for Izumi dedicated to another gorgeously inspiring (to Mick, this time) musician / actress, Izumi Yukimura. That’s a long way from the till in Morrison’s, but beautiful too!
Amazing solos all round inspired the audience (just as last year) to noisy approval; I had two good bottled ales, ate too much pizza AND won a raffle prize. I will treasure the memory of Emma Fisk sneezing in the middle of J’Attendrai without missing a beat (don’t see that every day!) and I’ll be first on the waiting-list when this superb band get round to a second CD! That’d be an offer I can’t refuse!
Jerry

1 comment :

Lance said...

And if you were locked out you can catch the band on Monday night in Jesmond at the Cherry Tree Restaurant on Osborne Road.

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