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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 Tuesday September 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

Blues

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Friday, April 03, 2015

CD Review: Paul Riley Quintet - Into View

Paul Riley (alt/sop); Ant Law (gtr); Mitch Jones (pno); Matt Ridley (bs); Dave Hamblett (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Paul Riley, described by Russell van den Berg, as "a sheer joy to listen to, and a sleeping giant" has, until now, been off my radar. 
Not any longer!
A sleeping giant probably is an apt description as this, his debut album, indicates that while he may not - yet - be Goliath he's certainly no midget!
Very much a part of the London scene, Riley is no mere follower of fashion but a lyrical and innovative player producing music that compels you to listen without jarring the senses like some of the current crop of angry young men do.
Don't get me wrong! This is the UK jazz of today and it swings (if that isn't a dirty word these days) in the sense that the pulse is never far away - albeit not where it used to be!
Eleven compositions by Riley that, whilst they may never have lyrics added to them. do have a sense of form. The ballads - Song for Laura and Looking Back - could, just by their titles, prove the exception. Gorgeous to hear such lyrical playing in this often harsh musical world.
With Ant Law blowing unison guitar on many of the 'heads' you quickly realise that this is a band who share a mutual empathy. Ant's solos indicate why he is held in such high regard by many and Riley surely couldn't have wished for a better partner to blow alongside and, maybe, buy the beers after the session.
The rhythm section keep the frontliners in check and this contributes to an overall CD that could be the dark horse in this month's choice!
The band's tour, starts at Ashburton (April 12); then St. Ives (April 14) - a couple of weeks to chill out from their hectic schedule before heading up to NEWCASTLE for a gig at the Lit and Phil (April 27). After that it's all downhill to Liverpool (28); Bournemouth (29); Poole (30) and Bristol (May 1)
Catch them at one or all of them!
Lance.
The CD: Paul Riley Quintet - Into View is available from April 6. for further info visit www.jellymouldjazz.net. 

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Lance