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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 Wednesday July 24

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

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

Levee Ramblers NOJB - 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.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Cozyjo’s Cozy Christmas Concert @ Washington Arts Centre. December 4

(Review by Russell).
The City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra (Cozyjo, with a ‘z’) made a return visit to Washington Arts Centre on a cold winter’s night and couldn’t be happier upon seeing a capacity audience in the auditorium. Family, friends, supporters, they were out in force.
A one set performance of forty five minutes rattled along with more than one Christmas tune given a swing treatment. Chattanooga Choo Choo, C Jam Blues, Hark the Herald Trumpets Swing, Tuxedo Junction, the band did a grand job. Four altos, a tenor/clarinet player, a tenor/baritone player, four trumpets, a lone trombone, two guitars, piano, bass and drums, all acquitted themselves well. Beth on tenor was responsible for the dreadful Christmas jumpers on display (it was her suggestion!); Santas, sleighs, trees, holly and, shamelessly, out front, ‘Sir’ (aka Mr John ‘Redemption Jazz’ Hall) sporting a reindeer strewn number!
Slade and Wizard were heard (every day, in every shop they are heard, think of the mega royalties!), as were American Patrol, String of Pearls and the top tune of the night – Sing, Sing, Sing (excellent ensemble work, Beth on clarinet doing BG proud). White Christmas (with audience sing-along) closed the show. It would be great to see Cozyjo at next year’s Great North Big Band Jazz Festival (North Shore, Charles Street, March 6-8).
The jazz done, the kids weren’t done yet. A quick change around and Under the Radar, a five piece rock band hit the stage. The Arctic Monkeys, the Fab Four, the Kings of Leon, Oasis, tight bass and drums, riffing guitars and a diminutive vocalist. They were good. A hard act to follow but Supersonic weren’t deterred. The White Stripes, Feeder, more from the Monkeys and Oasis, another cracking five piece with a slightly less diminutive singer. The finale featured a band, as yet, without a name. Whoever, they were Sunderland Soul Bros and Sisters, all eleven of them. Five singers, two altos, tenor, guitar, bass and drums belting out soul classics; Knock on Wood, Superstition, super tunes, the highlight being a soulful Valerie. Cozyjo intend doing it all again in the summer of 2015. Stay tuned – the first news of it will be right here at Bebop Spoken Here.                            
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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