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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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

Friday, August 29, 2014

Jazz In The Afternoon; Tynemouth Metro Station : Thursday August 28

As I [Ann Alex] write this, I’m not sure if I’m a restaurant critic, jazz reviewer or diarist, as this event had all these elements mixed up together. My long-standing friend Mary and I were meeting to eat at Davanti's, an Italian  restaurant next to Porters Coffee House on Tynemouth Metro Station (I hadn't realised they had porters on metro stations, I certainly didn't see any - perhaps they were all drinking coffee.)
Delicious: I had vegetable lasagne, followed by tiramisu, Mary treated herself to chicken risotto, then cheesecake. (I sound like Lance on Mondays at the Cherry Tree.)  We next looked at photos of Mary’s grandchildren, aged 2 and 5 (aaah) and of myself singing on a Tyne ferry trip in 2012 (best not to ask!).
 Then Mary mentioned the jazz, so we proceeded outside to listen.  Every seat was occupied and I’d seen all the musicians before in various formations, but sorry, can’t remember many names. Keyboard (Brian Chester); tenor sax, bass guitar and drums. The drummer was singing I Want A Little Girl which included the immortal lines ‘If she cooks chicken, she’d suit me to a tee’.  Very entertaining and the crowd loved it.  Next came a skilled rendering of Autumn Leaves. Various people were invited up from the audience, so John ? sang Lazy River. ( Mary said she loved his voice).  Then he sang Toot Toot Tootsie with the verse – it was good to hear a song which isn’t often done these days.  Then came a slow, slinky blues, The Tynemouth Station Blues, written by John. Up stepped Roy who took over on keyboards and Theresa Armstrong on vocals, who treated us to The More I See You and I’m Confessin’ That I Love You.  By this time I noticed that Brian Chester was playing trombone and John was doing his bit on alto sax.  A very lively, reminiscent rock n’ roll medley followed, great fun, See You Later Alligator etc. The set concluded on a high with Margie, sung by John, complete with trombone and a tin whistle solo. Just the sort of jazz to interest the general public and perhaps persuade people to visit their local jazz outlet.
We couldn’t stay for the 2nd set which went on until 4pm as the Tynemouth shops were calling out to us, but I’m sure it was good.
Ann Alex.

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Julie Davies said...
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Lance said...

The above was posted last year. Unfortunately none of our reviewers were able to get to Tynemouth this year otherwise there would have been reviews posted.

Julie Davies said...
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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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