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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, January 26, 2014

Funkalleros @ Jazz Café. January 25

Graham Hardy (trumpet), Mark Williams (guitar), Neil Harland (bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums) + Susan Hamilton (vocals)
(Review by Russell)
Freddie Hubbard’s Red Clay to Donald Byrd’s The Emperor marked out the territory Graham Hardy & co would cover at this Jazz Café gig. A round of solos warmed the digits on the opening number. Trumpeter Hardy’s compositions stand comparison in a crowded funk market; Wild Monkey Dance (perfect material for Horn Dogs or the pup Northern Monkey Brass Band) hit a groove as Neil Harland’s constantly shifting bass lines kept the audience/band guessing. Shuddering reggae rhythms wove in and out of funking glorious inventions.
Bill Evan’s Funkallero (a tangential touchstone) featured guitarist Mark Williams who crafted yet another immaculate, high octane solo. Susan Hamilton joined the party, albeit briefly, with a soulful Nature Boy. Having done her thing she didn’t hang around too long. Next time let’s hear another couple of numbers. The first set concluded with Terence Blanchard’s Over There, a slow burning piece, Williams conjuring chords, Hardy teasing a solo out of the ether.
The Emperor set the tempo for the second set. Harland’s electric bass punched out a succession of killer grooves (somewhere in there Williams invented the chord of chords!) as drummer Adam Sinclair, hidden at the back under the stairs, changed gear at will. Trumpeter Chris Botti (he of the smooth jazz world) seemed unlikely source material but Hardy’s take on Cubism worked surprisingly well. Original material is to be encouraged, particularly when it’s as good as Melon Felon and Theme from Shifty. The former is perfect New Orleans large ensemble fayre; infectious groove, space to create, fun to play. All four excelled. Funkalleros surface occasionally, so next time, Horn Dog or Monkey, get on down.                     
Russell.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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