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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 17

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 - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

Blues

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Jazz Singers – Enhance Your Skills with Bulgarian Singing

(By Ann Alex).
Lance thought it was most amusing when I said that I was going to a Bulgarian Singing Workshop. This was at the Sage on Wednesday December 18 and was lead by Katherine Zeserson, and very useful and enjoyable for the 30 or so people taking part.  This type of folk singing is usually performed unaccompanied, out of doors, with big natural voices, no vibrato, and has a sort of ‘earthy feel’.  Very different from jazz singing so far. 
The bit that helped me as a would-be jazz singer was to do with the way the harmonies are constructed.  Many songs are in 3 parts, with 1 voice doing a drone, another voice singing a ‘crooked’ drone, that is the original drone with small differences, and the third voice singing the tune.  The intervals between notes are much smaller than we are used to, quarter tones or less.  We practised singing slightly sharp or flat against the drone, fascinating to try.  When a whole choir does this you get a shimmering type of sound, which has to be heard to be believed.  The songs also have tricky Balkan rhythms, which are best learned  by walking to the rhythm.  It struck me that these exercises were useful for jazz singers, especially for improvisation and scat.  Mock not, Lance!
We then attended a concert of this music by Bulgarian Voices Angelite, conducted by Georgi Petkov, who is also a composer whose work has been played by such bands as The Chieftains.  This featured religious songs, folk-based tunes and lots of individual singing, including what we would consider to be scat singing, as part of a song Dumba, which was a cheerful song about a group of women working together.
It seems to me that it’s a good idea to experience as many types of singing as possible.  
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.)
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