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YolanDa Brown: "Ron Dennis (former McLaren Formula 1 chairman) introduced me as 'the Lewis Hamilton of the jazz world'. I thought, 'I'll take that'." - (i newspaper July 17, 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.

Until July 21

Today Saturday July 20

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Streets of Brass - Durham city centre. DH1. 11:00am-5:00pm. Free. A Durham Brass Festival event (see above).

Blues Guitar Workshop w Alvin Youngblood Hart - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 11:30am. £10.80.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Northern Pride, Claremont Road, Newcastle NE2 4PZ. 12 noon. Free.

A Concert for Margaret Barnes - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. £10.00. (£12.00. day ticket). JNE. Afternoon session (doors 1:00pm) line-up: Debra Milne & Steve Glendinning 1:30pm, Paul Edis & Graham Hardy 2:20pm, Hand to Mouth 3:25pm, Thomas Dixon Band 4:15pm.

Strictly Smokin' Party Band - Stack, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6QE. 5:30pm. Free. Eight piece band.

Country Blues etc.

Summertyne Americana - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. Various free outdoor shows and outstanding headliners check out here,

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Evening

A Concert for Margaret Barnes - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 6:00pm. £10.00. (£12.00. day ticket). JNE. Evening session (doors 5:45pm) line-up: Paul Taylor & the Long Lonesome Go 6:00pm, Bradley Johnston Trio 7:05pm, Duo FCT 8:10pm, Zoë Gilby Quartet 9:00pm.

Big Brass Party - Wharton Park, Durham DH1 4FJ. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. A Durham Brass Festival event (see centre column).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Half Hand Hoodoo - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Greg Spero and his Amazing Chicago Jazz Quartet - First Northern Dates Announced

Chicago has produced many Jazz greats- Herbie Hancock, Lou Rawls, Benny Goodman, Ramsey Lewis and Anthony Braxton. That’s just to mention a few! And the city continues to generate the very best jazz musicians. Four such young Chicago lions arrive in the North West to play a series of concerts in May. With each member of the quartet being an outstanding musician in their own right, the combined talents will make the Greg Spero Quartet an irresistible force on stage.

Greg Spero (piano) is Chicago’s Jazz Entertainer of the Year 2013 and as the piano player with the Buddy Rich Big Band is establishing his reputation on the world stage. Drawing influence from American jazz and world dance music, Greg mixes these things together with rock, hip-hop and metal to produce a jazz fusion that’s ahead of the field.          
“Spero is fresh and exciting”adds Chicago’s most prominent female Latin artist, Gina Rivera.  “Even people who don’t like jazz, like Spero. He’s that good.”                        
Makaya McCraven (drums) blends  his love for real hip-hop, rock and any form of forward-thinking music into a dynamic instrumental fusion that is undeniable to the listener. Makaya is a true improviser who, with each performance, cracks a new live music experience.
“Makaya...has cracked the upper echelon of the music scene.” – Chicago Tribute (Howard Reich)
Junius Paul (bass) is well-established in many genres, ranging from hip-hop, house music, funk, classical and gospel and his passion for music shows consistently in all of his playing. Junius  has shared the stage with artists including Wynton Marsalis, Curtis Fuller, Donald Byrd, Fred Anderson, Roscoe Mitchell, Donald Harrison, Nona Hendryx and Roy Hargrove.
De’Sean Jones (saxophone) is well versed in the traditions of jazz as well as the experimental sounds of the future. His colourfully rich tone coupled with a powerful sound brings the best out of a musical legacy that contains jazz, rock & roll, hip-hop and soul.          
“De’Sean Jones’...performances have the bustling energy of a neighbourhood picnic. The young tenor player knows his way round the classics, but he prefers to play originals. He also has a fat-ass sound, and can make his tenor swing and sing at the very same time...a roaring young lion.” – Charles L. Latimer: Metro Times
GREG SPERO QUARTET WILL PLAY:
·        Friday, 9th May – New Continental, Preston
·        Saturday, 10th May – Dacre Hall, Lanercost
·        Sunday, 11th May – Splinter at the Bridge, Newcastle
·        Friday 16th May – Upfront Theatre, Near Penrith
·        Sunday, 18th May at 3pm – Wainsgate Chapel, Hebden Bridge
·        Tuesday, 20th May – Bramples Bistro, Brampton (solo piano)
There may be other gigs listed. For additional information and/or ticket prices, venues, etc., please contact David Gosling at dgos2@aol.com or 01697 741829.
David Gosling.

1 comment :

Guy said...

I heard Kenny Burell, a fine guitarist, at the Blue Note in Chicago in the '70s. I think he lived in that toddling town.

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