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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.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Steve Glendinning Trio– Salsa Café - January 25.

Steve Glendinning (gtr), Mike Clarke (bass), Mark Robertson (dms), guest appearance Ray Burns (harmonica).
(Review by Kath Jobes).
After a few weeks of absence from the Salsa Café Saturday nights, I once again ventured forth.  On arrival about 2/3rd of the tables were taken by diners, but my usual table had been kept free for me and I was soon joined by a couple of jazz enthusiast friends Oliver from Blue Jazz Voices and Elton from the Pink Lane Co-Op Jazz workshops, so it turned out to be a convivial night of Jazz and nachos.  
To start, Stevie Glendinning played a beautiful and gentle Unrequited that segued into Hermitage.  A trio of delights in the form of an upbeat All the things you are, Moonlight in Vermont and My Favourite Things, with superb solos from the lightning fast fingers of Stevie, complemented from the electric bass of Mike Clarke, who also demonstrated his skills with some intricate bass solos and the supportive and ever steady drums of the talented Mark Robertson… this really is a superb combination.  We were then taken on a lovely Midnight Voyage, and the night-time theme continued with a favourite of Stevie’s, Stella by Starlight, and the set was brought to an end with Questions and Answers.

As the evening progressed several of the Jazz stalwarts turned up and filled a few more tables before the second set commenced with a lively Four on Six.  This was followed by the gentle guitar introduction that unfolded the Saga of Harrison Crabfeathers growing into an energetic and expressive account.  An animated bossa came next in the form of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s – Triste and God Bless the Child brought the beautiful and haunting addition of a harmonica solo from Ray Burns.  A buoyant Beautiful Love led on ‘beautifully’ to a dreamy and melodic But Beautiful.

We were then treated to a lively funk tune – Big Schlepp, an animated A Foggy Day and the set ended on Pat Metheny’s Bright Size Life.  All in all a very enjoyable evening and it seems that several of the diners stayed on to listen to the Jazz… and a couple even popped over to say a heartfelt thank you to Stevie and his trio for the great music… a few more jazz converts!

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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