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Giovanni Guidi: "So many jazz albums today are all original compositions, and five minutes after the record is finished, you can't remember a single song. I think it's a problem." - (JazzTimes Oct. 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.

Friday October 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things - Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 7:00pm. £8.30. - £5.80. Film (2019, 89 mins) directed by Leslie Woodhead. Swing Bridge Trio in Café Bar following screening.

Dave O’Higgins & Colin Oxley - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. £20.00. ‘O’Higgins & Oxley Play Monk & ‘Trane’. Oxley replaces Rob Luft.

Paul Taylor - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. Tel: 0191 334 5119. 7:30pm. Free (donations). An Ushaw Piano Festival event.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Guisborough Big Band - Saltburn Golf Club, Guisborough Road, Saltburn TS12 1NJ. Tel: 01287 622812. Time TBC.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. Time 8:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Blues/Soul etc.

Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Millstone March 26

(Review by Kath J.)
On the last Thursday of the month, you can be pretty certain to find me at the open rehearsal of The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band, and although some may think I am biased, due to my best beloved playing 1st Tenor, I endeavour for  my reviews to be honest and accurate.
This evening’s lack of singers allowed the SSBB to show off what a contemporary and varied instrumental pad they have and it’s superb to hear the variety of arrangements.  As usual the place was packed out with an attentive audience, some of whom had come up from downstairs when they heard the music start, and so by the time Paul Bream, Chair of Jazz Northeast  arrived towards the end of the first set, there wasn’t a seat to be had.
The Band set away with Catch As Catch Can and the first of several “blisteringly hot” solos from Paul Gowland, now before you think this is the bias coming out, you will note the quotation marks, and indeed that was a quote from another Saxophonist, Mr Steve Summers, who being such a gent was very complimentary of his colleague and indeed is an expert in these matters, as you will see from my own comments later in the review.  Next up was I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and the saxophone section were really on a roll.  Have you Met Miss Jones saw solos from the band leader Mr Michael Lamb and from the mellow tenor of Jamie Toms.  The next tune was described as, ‘a bit of an experiment’ by Michael Lamb and to my mind the experiment was a resounding success, with a solo from Paul Gowland it was  Sonny Rollins’ Bag’s Groove
Do Nothing  ‘til You Hear From Me saw Stevie Summers take up the baton of the ‘blisteringly hot’ sax solo and then came another experiment in the form of  Lance’s all-time favourite, Summertime, and wow can Michael Lamb blow that horn… superlative solo!  Nutville exhibited two more of this talented gathering, featuring Graham Bell and Guy Swinton in addition to solos from Michael Lamb and Paul Gowland.    I really loved the rarely-played North Shore Evening with beautifully executed piano sections from Graham Bell and a delightful solo by Paul Gowland.  Next we found ourselves in a Caravan, and stupendous solos from Bradley Johnson, Pete Tanton and dare I say it again… Paul Gowland.  The first set came to a close with Mercy Mercy  Mercy including solo highlights from Steve Summers, Graham Bell and Bradley Johnson.
Half time gave us the opportunity to buy the brand new CD from Bradley Johnson and James Birkett – Together; and yes I did add this one to my collection. In addition, it gave Paul and I something new to listen to on the way home… excellent addition to our Jazz CD collection!
Set two saw the band’s leader on top form again in Ole Man River and one of those more contemporary numbers, Song for AEG featured Jamie Toms again.  A swap of instrument for Steve Summers who picked up his Soprano Sax to solo in Us. Sax Alley came next with soprano sax Steve and tenors Paul and Jamie; this is another favourite of mine… just love those Saxes.  The more contemporary current tunes certainly caught the appreciation of Mr Bream and later he said that for him the number Mr Dudley, which saw a further change of instrument for the versatile Steve Summers on Clarinet and  Pete Tanton on Trumpet, was the business, and for him, this number, along with Song for AEG were the highlight of the performance.   Penultimately we saw Keith Robinson play a spectacular solo during Ya Snooze Ya Lose, and as this was a Big Band it was fitting that with the help of solos from Steve Summers and Pete Tanton, we were left, In The Mood.
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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