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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Evening

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Monday, November 09, 2015

CD Review: Barbara Dennerlein - Christmas Soul

Barbara Dennerlein (B3); Magnus Lindgren (ten/fl/clt); Robert Ikitz (dms); Luca Alemanno (bs/Fender bs); Ardissa Assefa (congas/perc); Nicola Conte (gtr on 2 tks); Zara McFarlane (vcl 3 tks).
(Review by Lance).
Well it's that 'Bah Humbug' time of year (although others may use stronger adjectives) but, it's also a time to look at the positive side of Christmas. The festive season provides lots of work for musicians even though the jazzers may have to wear different hats to earn their mince pies.

Also, the much maligned Christmas songs and carols that, every year, we are subjected to in supermarkets, malls, pubs, cafés and other dens of iniquity are, in many cases, actually very good tunes and, with different words, could be year round standards (challenge for budding lyricists - pen a romantic/non Christmas lyric to a carol or Christmas song!).
In fact, with only three vocals (brilliantly done by Zara McFarlane), this is a great opportunity to assess the music without the distraction of the words. Apart from our B3ess (ooh sexist!) Lindgren blows gutsy tenor and flutes fluently. But Zara! oh Zara! I wanted more than 3! (Christmas Time/ Christmas Song - Mel Tormé would have loved this version and perhaps Elvis may have wished he'd done this Blue Christmas! Nah - only Jon Hendricks or Annie Ross could get even close!
It's probably going to be one of the few Christmas offerings you'll hear that won't make you want to throw up!
Dennerlein is up there in the B3 hierarchy (Hammond Hall of Fame/Down Beat's Instrumentalist of the Year several times over and, if there ever is a Pulitzer Prize for jazz organists, Barbara will be in there pedalling and pulling all the right draw bars).
If she was playing organ in our local church on Christmas Eve I'd go to Midnight Mass and I'm not even a catholic!
Barbara Dennerlein - Christmas Soul released Nov. 13 on MPS label.
Lance.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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