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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.

Wednesday September 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

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CANCELLED

Archipelago + Freese Trio - Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 7:30pm. £5.00.

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Levee Ramblers NOJB w. Jim McBriarty (clarinet) & Bob Wade (trumpet) - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, May 15, 2014

CD Review JC Sanford Orchestra Views From the Inside

(Review by Russell).
JC Sanford is a co-founder of the composer’s federation, Pulse, with Darcy James Argue and Joseph C. Phillips. Living and working in Brooklyn, Sanford has NYC’s Downtown scene on his doorstep. His sixteen piece ensemble comprises musicians from the spheres of classical music and contemporary jazz. The writing embraces French impressionism, a cinematic sweep across a 20th/21st century North American landscape (the 1925 silent film Ben Hur to subversive, unsettling quasi-nursery rhymes) to big band jazz post-Gil Evans to the jazz of today.
An Attempt at Serenity, the first of twelve tracks, opens with a brief section of Buddhist recitations, giving way to the string players (variously serene, then taut) and percussion. Five of the tracks refer specifically to Brooklyn – 2nd & 7th (Brooklyn Vignette #5) and Verrazano Bikeride (Brooklyn Vignette #3) in particular succeed in evoking the sights and sounds of the borough – and two lengthy compositions vie for the soul of the album – the title track Views From the Inside and Sky Good. The CD liner notes suggest the former is “A 15plus- minute journey through beauty, dissonance, and everything in between. Positively epic…”. The latter piece features the tenor sax of Chris Bacas and is perhaps the jazz track of the album.
The ensemble playing is of the highest quality, Sanford’s writing always interesting and with fellow travellers such as the critically acclaimed Darcy James Argue, the future of the big band –jazz or other – makes for interesting times. The JC Sanford Orchestra’s Views From the Inside is released on Monday 19 May 2014 on Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings – WR4652.      
JC Sanford (composer, conductor & trombone), Satoshi Takeishi (percussion), Jacob Garchik (accordion), Tom Beckham (vibraphone), Meg Okura (violin & electronics), Will Martina (cello & electronics), Aidan O’Donnell (acoustic bass), Dan Willis (oboe, piccolo, flute & soprano saxophone), Ben Kono (English horn, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute & alto saxophone), Chris Bacas (clarinet, soprano & tenor saxophones), Kenny Berger (contra-alto saxophone, bassoon & alto flute), Taylor Haskins (trumpet, flugelhorn & harmonizer), Matt Holman (trumpet & flugelhorn), Mark Patterson (tenor trombone), Jeff Nelson (tuba & bass trombone), Chris Komer (French horn), Asuka Kakitani (conductor - tracks 6 & 12)
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.
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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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