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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.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

All the Right Moves - Square One Take It to the Next Level

(Press release)
Scottish jazz quartet SQUARE ONE are all set for a flying start to 2016 with a significant recording project in the pipeline, and a major funding boost behind their ambitious plans for the future.
Square One have already caught the ear of influential critics, made an outstanding EP of shimmering beauty and originality, and recently became the proud recipients of a Peter Whittingham Jazz Award. This prestigious accolade is the catalyst that will enable them to go to the next level and fulfil their undoubted promise.
The panel of judges included BBC Radio 3’s Julian Joseph who remarked that Square One are, ''A soulful and empathetic band with irresistible charisma - they dominated the room from beat one''. Elsewhere, the leading jazz magazine Jazzwise has described them as, “Stirring and Dynamic''.
The Glasgow-based quartet began as a collaboration in 2014, and they have performed regularly ever since. In June, they released an astonishing eponymous debut recording that immediately caught the attention of peers, fans and pundits alike. This immensely accessible EP of highly original tunes embraces highly fluid, warmly melodic jazz that hangs out with soulful balladry; slides into ECM inspired cool and nods respectfully to the classic jazz iconography.
The primary focus is the highly articulate conversational interplay between guitarist Joe Williamson and award-winning pianist Peter Johnstone. Similarly, the emphatic synergy between David Bowden on bass and Stephen Henderson on drums provides layers of energy, intensity, rhythm and texture. Together, Square One create a fully-interlocking, four-cornered mosaic of colourful, eclectic jazz.
The Square One EP contains forty-five minutes of stunning contemporary jazz music from four important new voices. It is full of music that moves towards other sounds and jumps the boundaries between folk, fusion, world music and sophisticated, jazz-tinged rock. It’s little wonder then that much anticipation already surrounds the prospect of striking new sounds from Square One.
Fans of fresh, new thinking in music and powerful jazz performances can catch Square One at one of their upcoming shows in the New Year.
Square One in 2016
Edinburgh Jazz Bar 27th January 2016 9.00 pm
Aberdeen Blue Lamp 28th January 2016 7.30 pm
Glasgow Griffin 9th February 2016 7.30 pm.

1 comment :

Paul Bream said...

Worth noting that Jazz North East have already booked Square One for a Newcastle gig, although fans will have to wait a little while - they'll be playing the Bridge Hotel on Sunday 10th July as one half of a double bill, with a local band (yet to be decided).

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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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