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Ethan Iverson: "Mickey Roker played drums in church, and his beat on [Mary Lou] Williams' "Ode to St. Cecile" might make even a diehard atheist a believer" - (JazzTimes Sept. 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 Monday October 14

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Richard Bona & Alfredo Rodriguez - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £24.50.

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

Friday, September 18, 2015

Power Jazz Commando Team Return to the Toon

Taupe with support from Dead Hedge Trio and Waskerley Way. Friday October 9, Head of Steam, Newcastle upon Tyne, £5, 8pm door.
(Press release)
Taupe, Newcastle’s own thrashy jazz-skronk three piece, are set to fill out the Head of Steam alongside stalwart local beat merchant Waskerley Way and Liverpudlian jazz-rock wranglers Dead Hedge Trio.
This genre spanning noise buffet is served up on October 9 as part of a three-date mini-tour from Edinburgh to Marsden Jazz Festival. Taupe’s first Newcastle show in 18 months will see them perform numbers from their self-released debut album (‘one of the albums of 2014’ – Bebop Spoken Here) as well as outings of brand new material ahead of a new release in 2016.
Formed at Newcastle University in 2011, the guitar-sax-drums three piece specialise in razor sharp polyrhythmic play and are fresh off a summer performing at Manchester Jazz Festival, Lancaster Jazz Festival and filming new material at the Edinburgh Fringe. Their show at Head of Steam, in collaboration with local label Endearment Records also represents the second meeting of Taupe with Dead Hedge Trio after being brought together through a mutual love of, and airplay on, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction.
Dead Hedge Trio have been gigging out of Liverpool since summer 2012 and meld together influences from Afro-beat, shoegaze and psychedelic rock to form a singular, palatably groovy, aesthetic. The three piece are also proactive nurturers of the UK’s other left field jazz acts, having hosted Polar Bear, Sons of Kemet and Shatner’s Bassoon within the last 12 months.
Waskerley Way is a County Durham-born sound botherer. His most recent album Junk Playground was released on Box Records (Richard Dawson, Luminous Bodies) and draws on the technical approaches of music concrète and hip hop. A real titan of the North East’s musical landscape, irrespective of alias.

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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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