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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 July 23

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. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Friday, October 23, 2015

Andy Hudson Remembers Don Rendell

I first got to know Don's music when he played with Ian Carr, He could be a hard-driving and also lyrical tenor player and was also accomplished on Clarinet, Soprano and Flute.
In the early days of the Newcastle Jazz Festival, he would come up with small combos that we could just afford along with Tony Crombie, Dave Green and other luminaries of around 1970.
We all got to know him well through when he started a teaching and playing relationship with the Big Band. Don stayed with us and although he was a committed Jehovah's Witness he never sought to foist his beliefs on others. Just after he'd left though there would be the odd copy of Watchtower or Awake conspicuously on a bookshelf or the bedside table. Due to the vagaries of the MU rules at the time, he appeared as an anagram on the Album as Dene .N. Droll along with Ken Gibson (Geno Binks) and Henry Lowther (Ethel Wryhorn).
Many, who attended the sax masterclasses at the Big Band (And I think Lance our editor was one of them) will recall the immortal bark of Don when the band had just blown through the first 12 bars of "Adam's Apple"..."Gentlemen - That was ALL the right notes....but in the WRONG places". He
then made us play in 1/8 time, ¼ time, ½ time and then finally "A Tempo".The difference was amazing.
Don's career spanned 60 years in the 50s he was in the band that accompanied Billie Holiday on tour in the UK and until quite recently he was teaching at the Guildhall School of Music.
We've lost a brilliant teacher, performer and a fine human being.
RIP Don.
Andy

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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