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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.

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).

Evening

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

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nik Svarc Trio @ The Jazz Café. June 26

Nik Svarc (guitar), Scott Devine (electric bass) & Dave Walsh (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Guitarist Nik Svarc played a trio gig at this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival. On that occasion he worked with young guns Martin Longhawn and Steve Hanley. This Jazz Café gig featured groove meisters Scott Devine (bass) and Dave Walsh (drums). A select gathering – including two first year music students – took their seats in time for a prompt nine o’clock start.
At a glance Svarc could pass for a young Larry Coryell. The seated Scott Devine looked uncannily like Scott Devine and there was no mistaking the big presence known as Dave Walsh. Bemsha Swing opened the set; ‘groove’, ‘in the pocket’, ‘on it’, such terms were made for this band. A tousled mop-top veiled Svarc’s face; head down, ‘time’ and ‘feel’ elusive qualities for many, not for Svarc as he paused, listened, notes selected with care. Devine and Walsh exchanged a smile, they were ‘in the groove’.
Svarc utilised a deluxe pedal board, the various FX deployed sparingly. Devine’s sound recalled Teen Town Jaco. A Wayne Shorter number developed into an extended Scofield jam. The north east’s guitarists should have been there – they weren’t, save for our first year guitar student. Svarc let his guitar do the talking, at one point introducing a tune as ‘something else’. And it was! Bass and drums bounced around a few solos, always on it. The ‘caff’ welcomed some latecomers, they were mucho impressed with what they were hearing. Did they know about Nik Svarc? They do now!     
2 extra photos from Mike Tilley.      
Russell.           

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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.)
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