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Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (DownBeat, September 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 Sunday August 25

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Alice Grace & Nick Pride @ Great North Feast, Bents Park, Sea Road, South Shields NE33 2LD. Time 12 noon-1:00pm. Free. A 'Proper Food & Drink Festivals' event - 10:00am-5:00pm.

Zoë Gilby Family All Stars - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

John Pope Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlngton DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 2:00pm. Free.

The Palaminos - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Buck Clayton Legacy Band - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 7:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Line-up: Menno Daams, Ian Smith (trumpets), Robert Fowler (alto sax), Matthias Seuffert (tenor sax), Adrian Fry (trombone), Martin Litton (piano), Alyn Shipton (double bass), Clark Tracey (drums). Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Joseph Carville Trio - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 AS. Tel: 01325 332255. 7:30pm.

Francis Tulip Quintet - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. Quintet feat Xhosa Cole (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018).

The Comet is Coming - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton TS18 1AT. Tel: 01642 606525. 8:00pm. £14.00.

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

Monday, November 04, 2013

Preston-Glasgow-Lowe @ The Bridge Hotel. November 3

David Preston (guitar), Kevin Glasgow (electric bass) & Laurie Lowe (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Splinter at the Bridge booked a young trio, took a chance and were rewarded with a low turn out. Audience numbers are down just about everywhere but when it is a struggle to reach double figures at the door it begs the question: Why bother? Well, people bother because the music means a lot to them. The promoter - Splinter - will soldier on and the few regulars will continue to show up.
This week’s guests - David Preston, guitar, Kevin Glasgow (six string electric bass) and drummer Laurie Lowe - presented a programme of almost entirely original material and played it with commitment and the highest level of musicianship imaginable. Tyneside is home to tens of thousands of students (several hundred of them studying music) and they were nowhere to be seen. Well, it’s their loss. Hearing the trio would have inspired (or perhaps disheartened) them. These guys could play, big time!
The tunes owed much to seventies’ jazz fusion. The likes of McLaughlin, Clarke and Cobham would have run for cover had they called in to the Bridge for a pint. Preston’s four-fingered fret board work had to be seen (and heard) to be believed. Glasgow, no stranger to the Bridge, possesses amazing chops and Lowe must practice eight days a week! The standard was terrifying. Tunes featured extended solo flights - Preston’s Silvertide featured the composer who laid down a great solo. Everything, Everything (comp. Preston) hinted at lyricism until the fusion pulse took charge once more. Olivier Messiaen’s composition for choir - O Sacrum Convivium - rang out loud and clear in a re-voicing for the three piece. A big sound from a small band! The Priory (comp Glasgow) referenced architect Le Corbusier with Lowe constructing a mighty solo. Piercing guitar developed from a cracking riff on Preston’s CPU with his band mates right on the money. The trio’s closing number - The Anvil (named after the music venue) - ensured we went out on a high.
Russell.                                  

3 comments :

Robert Laing said...

Excellent summary. Disappointing crowd, not for the first time this year. Let us hope we can keep attracting first class musicians to the venue in spite of the apathy of some of the locals. Maybe someone could tell us what we have to do to attract a proportionate crowd to the skill and musicianship of the bands that come to Splinter @ The Bridge. All suggestions welcome.

stevebfc said...

I would have gone if there had been some form of reminder mechanism for informing me about the gig (Twitter,Facebook, Email)

Robert Laing said...

Reminder mechanism? The gig was advertised for weeks ahead on this very blog, plus there is a listing for Splinter in the left hand column of this page. There is a facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/splinterjazz/). There is also a website - http://splinterjazz.co.uk/wordpress/ and on either you can subscribe for news bulletins etc.

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