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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 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.

Today Saturday September 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Solitude - St John's Church, Grainger St., Newcastle NE1 5JG. 11:00am & 2:00pm. Free. Gabriele Heller’s audio play (40mins).

Jeff Barnhart’s Silent Film Festival: Reel 2 - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Barnhart’s piano accompaniment to classic silent films.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen: River Tyne Jazz Cruise - Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Departing 1:00pm (boarding from 12:30pm) from o/s Pitcher & Piano, returning 4:00pm. Tickets: £25.00. (info 0191 252 9429/07710 528413). On board buffet & Tyne Bank Brewery bar.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50. (inc bf). Ronnie Scott's Story: 60th Anniversary Concert.

Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp & Friends - Queen's Hall Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 9:30pm. £15.00. A Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Bullfrog Blues Band - 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.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Don Forbes & Alan Law @:Jazz Café - January 24

 Don Forbes (tpt) Alan Law (pno)
(Review by Kath J.)
Arrived at The Jazz Café just in time to bag 2 comfy seats at the front with some jazz buddies as the exquisite  tones of Don’s trumpet  was rising, Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; Don seems to like to set the standard as he has in the past by starting off with this lovely tune .  What’s New and Sonny Rollins’ The Bridge, were followed by a delightful  Don Forbes original called Little Blue Eyes, and a beautifully played, I Remember Clifford.
Stan Tracey was featured on several occasions over the course of the evening, as we bobbed along with No Good Boyo, closely followed by more melodic Pen Pals.  Another favourite influence of Don’s were Emcee Five, and he paid tribute to this Newcastle band with Hobson’s Choice… Not that being there to hear it was Hobson’s Choice for anyone in the very appreciative crowd, the Café was pretty full and the crowd were enjoying the music as the first set came to an end with Tenderly.
A brief interval as the boys had a few minutes chat and catch up with some friends and then back in the hot seats for a lively Horace Silver number, as The St Vitas Dance opened the second set.  Next up was a tune that displayed the skilful tinkling of keys from Alan Law, changing the tempo to Bill Evans’ lovely ballad, My Foolish Heart that floated around the café.  Another tempo change to a Latin groove with a Dizzy Gillespie tune that I didn’t quite catch the name of, and then it was back to Stan Tracey for I Lost My Step in Nantucket.  As the evening drew closer to the end, and the patron numbers began to dwindle in the café, Don dropped in another original that Suspended Belief,  leading us on to the final number a Freddie Hubbard tune Up Jumped Spring. Thanks guys, a most enjoyable evening of fine music and friends.
Kath.

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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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