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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.

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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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Monday, June 15, 2015

CD Review: Ivo Neame - Strata.

Ivo Neame (pno, Acc, synth); Jim Hart (vbs); Tori Freestone (ten, fl); Tom Farmer (bs); Andrea Di Biase (bs); Dave Hamblett (dms).
(Review by Steve H).
A highly enjoyable album of original compositions from the Ivo Neame Quintet. Neame, known for his work with Phronesis and Kairos 4Tet has gathered together an impressive ensemble to interpret his complex and original material. The compositions often start in one direction and then seem to take off tangentially to another.
Personality Clash gets the album off to a cracking up-tempo start with Freestone on sax and Neame on piano dominating but with the additional bonus of Hart’s wonderfully refreshing vibes playing. The title track Strata is just that - a haunting multi layered atmospheric piece featuring Neame on synthesizer. A slow melancholy piece follows, OCD Blues, which I will dedicate to a number of my manically tidy work colleagues although some of the other offerings (Personality Clash, Crise De Nerfs) could have equally sufficed. Miss Piggy is another vibrant vehicle for Freestone to exploit and again features a most welcome vibes solo from Hart. Eastern Chant is a trio piece yet it is also a Folk Song with Neame playing accordion and giving it a real Eastern European feel to it. The final track Snowfall has a somewhat familiar theme and reinforces my recognition of what a fine pianist, composer and arranger Neame has become. It also, fittingly, provides an opportunity for all of the band members to shine.   
Steve H.
Available on Monday (June 15). Whirlwind Records.

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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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