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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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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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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Yoko Miura/Charlie Collins + Zoe Gilby @ The Lit & Phil Newcastle - September 23

Yoko Miuro (pno); Charlie Collins (perc); Zoe Gilby (voice etc.)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
This was Japanese pianist Yoko Miura’s first appearance on Tyneside and on Wednesday night at the Lit & Phil - in a JNE concert - she teamed up with percussionist Charlie Collins for a fine set of improvised free jazz. Miura’s playing is of the minimalist variety verging from the free to the classical in nature. At times single notes would punctuate the silence dramatically. Miura also employed a melodica to add additional nuances to her playing.
Charlie Collins provides not only a great percussive performance but a great visual one too. The amount of hardware in his kit would put my local B&Q store to shame. All sorts of contraptions and gizmos are employed to produce countless weird and wonderful sounds. The whole performance was one of fascinating waves and textures amplified by the juxtapositions of percussion and piano.
Earlier in the evening, Zoe Gilby performed, for the second time. her Watching Sideways project (the first being at The Bridge last March)  This is a solo work of voice combined with electronics to give a multi layered audio soundscape full of  whoops and loops. The audience were so inspired by the performance that it gave way to an impromptu Q & A as to where the project could be taken next. The consensus by the end suggested it be incorporated in some way with the visual arts.
At the conclusion of the evening Yoko, Charlie and Zoe joined forces to perform a unique piece of improvised piano, percussion and voice - fascinating stuff indeed.
Steve H.

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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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