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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 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.

Today Saturday September 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Solitude - St John's Church, Grainger St., Newcastle NE1 5JG. 11:00am & 2:00pm. Free. Gabriele Heller’s audio play (40mins).

Jeff Barnhart’s Silent Film Festival: Reel 2 - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Barnhart’s piano accompaniment to classic silent films.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen: River Tyne Jazz Cruise - Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Departing 1:00pm (boarding from 12:30pm) from o/s Pitcher & Piano, returning 4:00pm. Tickets: £25.00. (info 0191 252 9429/07710 528413). On board buffet & Tyne Bank Brewery bar.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50. (inc bf). Ronnie Scott's Story: 60th Anniversary Concert.

Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp & Friends - Queen's Hall Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 9:30pm. £15.00. A Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, September 28, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Bradley Johnston Quartet - September 26

Bradley Johnston (guitar); Pete Gilligan (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (no relation, drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photo by Roly Veitch from recent Blaydon gig.).
Many of you will have enjoyed hearing this quartet as part of the Jazz Cafe Tuesday jam sessions.  Imagine this same band, but with their performance upped by about 200 per cent, and you’ll have an idea of last night’s gig, which attracted a large audience.  A gig of standards, bop and the occasional original tune, long accomplished solos (I noticed lots of wonderfully bent notes on guitar and bass), with arresting sudden endings to some tunes, enough to make the audience sit up a bit straighter in their seats.
It was right in with Have You Met Miss Jones?, led by guitar, solos all round, and 4s on the drums, and drummers usually have to wait through quite a few tunes before they get their special moment, but not in this band.  Then came a boppy Doxy which was when I noticed all the lovely bendy notes; an original called Pat’s Waltz, then Falling Grace and a tuneful serene rendering of Ellington’s In A Sentimental Mood.  There followed two up tempo numbers for contrast, There’ll Never Be Another You and a Latin tune, Michel Petruciani’s Looking Up
The second set gave us 6 tunes and an encore demanded by the audience, starting with All The Things You Are; during In A Mellow Tone, someone remarked that the long bass solo was the best solo he’d ever heard Paul G play; I noticed some interesting quirky tones from the guitar as well.  There followed Joy Spring; the classic All Blues, with Peter at the top end of the piano, marvellous fast notes, so high up that I was wondering if he was playing some notes right off the top end that only dogs could hear!  Next came Charlie Parker’s Donna Lee, which had been included at Pete’s suggestion, ended by one of those sudden stops which I mentioned earlier.  The last number was John McKee, and the encore was a fast and furious Scrapple From The Apple.
A very enjoyable evening’s music, with quite a few tunes which were new (to me at any rate) which increases my listening repertoire nicely.
Ann Alex  

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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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