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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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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Damian Cook and Sam Dunn @ The Globe Jazz Bar - August 22


Damian Cook (ten/clt); Sam Dunn (gtr).
(Review by Lance)
There's a band downstairs rockin'. There's a duo upstairs swingin'. Outside there's a whole lotta thundering and lightning going on.
Not that it unnerves our duo.
They've driven up from Salisbury and are en route to Edinburgh with the Jazz Coop providing a convenient hat hanging point.
Our good fortune.
The wrath and anger of Thor fails to deter the Coop faithful who give an enthusiastic welcome - they're mindful of Cook's knockout performance here last year (he's back with band on December 20) - and only the weather wimps have taken a raincheck.
Opening with Tenor Madness, sanity prevails, no paintstripping pyrotechnics, just straight down the middle swing. There's a delightful feeling of pre-bop 52nd St about Cook's playing whilst one man rhythm section Dunn fills the room with harmony.
The interplay between the duo is fascinating each man drawing inspiration from t'other.
Tea For Two - Dunn decides to stand up - Cook switches to clarinet -  plays a Louis Bonfa tune and remains with the Boehm system for the aptly named C'est Si Bon.
A virtuoso-like guitar intro to the equally appropriately named It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing keeps our feet tapping and takes our minds away from the rock band downstairs and the ever intensifying storm outside. More exciting interplay before Skylark relaxes us and I Got Rhythm brings the set to a close.
Time to top up on Marston's Pedigree - a tried and tested remedy for all weather conditions.
Clarinet once more for Keeping Out of Mischief Now; a stunning Four Brothers - how can one saxophone and one guitar sound like the Woody Herman sax section?!; Li'l Darlin'; No More Blues and Gentle Rain - the most inappropriate title of the evening!
I venture out into the not so gentle rain, miss the bus, swim to the Central Station, miss my Metro and queue for a taxi.
Newcastle nightlife, however, doesn't let a flash flood bring it to a halt even though the rain appears to have caused the girls' dresses to have shrunk - bring it on!
Bedraggled, soaked and sneezing it has still been a night to remember!
Photos.
Lance.

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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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