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Bebop Spoken There

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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Friday, December 05, 2014

First there was the Titanic...

What may or may not have been the longest running (with a recent small break) lunchtime session on Tyneside wraps up on Christmas Eve. The Porthole, near North Shields ferry landing, has featured the Jazz Esquires in various formats for many years. Currently led by ex Squadronaires drummer Laurie Brown, the band has seen many of the area's top names pass through its ranks including Arthur Mowatt, Tommy Moran, Joe McMullen, Stan Martin, Eric Pollard, Dave Weisser, Ian Trewella (whatever happened to him?) to mention but a few. Sitters in included Eric Delaney (!), George Laing, Deena Wilde (Get Carter), Teresa Armstrong - our own Ann Alex even warbled the occasional tune - so sad to see this waterfront hostelry sink - and with it a lot of riverside history.
Here's an idea, why don't we all go down on Xmas eve (1pm) and give the guys a great send off?
Lance.
PS: The pub itself winds up on January 4.

1 comment :

carstairs said...

In the days when Munro Sutherland ran the band on a Tuesday evening, I used to dep occasionally for Derek Dixon. In fact I bought his old black bass which had been "rescued" from the Opera House in Algiers in 1941 - but that's another story. It was great to have the immaculately dressed George Evans quietly ask if "you gentlemen would mind if I sat in?"
Hughie Aitchison played great, restrained, trumpet, I think Bob Coulson was on piano and Lennie Sampson on trombone and Brylcreem.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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