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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.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Rhythm & Blues All Darlington Day Long

(Preview by Russell)
This year’s Darlington Rhythm and Blues Festival is as big, and arguably better, than ever before. Sunday’s day-long event takes place in the town’s Market Square and in many of the friendly pubs in the immediate vicinity. A multi-venue blues festival is a rarity and here it is in the north east of England.   
Topping the bill on the Market Square stage is the Mick Ralphs Band (4:00pm). Some will be attracted by Ralphs’ Mott the Hoople connection, others will be elsewhere. For instance, Bishop FM’s blues DJ Gary Grainger will be playing his own set at the same time around the corner at the Voodoo Café on Skinnergate. The duo of Lee Bates and Billy Newton will be well into their set (2:30pm) at the Boot ‘n’ Shoe and Leeds City Stompers stomp-off at three thirty in the Pennyweight.
The Mentulls kick-off the day’s music at one o’clock in the Market Square and it’ll be half past eight when the final sets get under way – the Andy Power Band will be in the Green Room on Tubwell Row and Kung Fu Blues will knock you for six in the Camra award-winning Quakerhouse in Mechanics’ Yard. The latter venue is certain to be full long before the Kung Fu boys hit the stage. Preceding their set will be Groove-a-matics featuring Johnny Whitehill (guitar) and Mick Cantwell (sax & vocals). You won’t hear anyone better than Groove-a-matics. They’re on at five, start queuing about now.
Regular visitor to Darlington, Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, plays the Market Place stage at half past two and at seven Howlin’ Matt shouts at the moon in the Voodoo Café. The festival runs across ten venues including the Dolphin Centre and the Hole in the Wall. A day of rhythm ‘n’ blues from the Missisippi Delta to Chicago to Darlo. Sunday 13th.          
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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