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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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Paul Gowland’s Allstars – The Jazz Café 14/12/13

Paul Gowland (Tenor Sax)  Marc Jolliffe (Piano)  Willie Angus (E. Bass) Mark Robertson (Drums).
(Review by Kath Jobes).
The blurb said, “One of Tyneside's top tenors: swings like crazy with a tone fit to blister paint” ...and the new paint at the café was well and truly blistered!    Have You Met Miss Jones was a lively start to the set, Black Nile displayed the technical ability of Gowland, and then Recorda Me exhibited the skill of each of the musicians in turn… wow these guys really are all stars!  Midnight Voyage revealed a melodic sax and tinkling piano, the tenor solo flourished as the sax sung out, and a delightful bass solo from Willie Angus was admired by the appreciative crowd. 
Darn That Dream was beautiful, with interesting changes of feel during the delightful piano solo from Marc Jolliffe, and a superb bass solo from Angus… even the rest of the band stopped to listen.  In Your Own Sweet Way, brought the first set to a light and joyful close as Jolliffe’s skilful fingers danced across the keys.
The second set opened with a seemingly endless Afro Blue, as each musician charmed the attentive audience with their own solo… all noteworthy, superb piano, an almost discordant and chaotic sax, magnificent bass and drums… guys you are in fine fettle.  The arrival of Ray Burns to the Café , looking dapper as ever brought a new sound to the set as he was persuaded to join the band for a tune.  As the exquisite sound of his harmonica introduced Body And Soul, memories of the old café were evoked and jam sessions that will be forever engraved on my mind, with Keith Crombie waxing lyrical about his past exploits in the Jazz world… but I digress… Ray then went on to sing; another rare treat… I have heard his harmonica many times, but rarely his superb singing.   
Beatrice was introduced by another fine bass solo, and before we knew it time had brought us to the final number Chucho, with a blisteringly hot sax, stupendous bass with some cool strumming, magical piano and a smashing drum… joined once more by Ray Burns and his amazing harmonica.
Gowland’s Allstars delighted me and my friend Emma Scott, another saxophonist who just described the night as AWESOME!
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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