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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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Friday, December 18, 2015

Led Bib @ The Jazz Café Dec. 16

Chris Williams, Pete Grogan (alto saxes); Toby McLaren (keyboards); Liran Donin (bass); Mark Holub (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
From the moment the band kicked off with a 100mph hour explosive blast to the moment it ended in a gentle coda this gig was the ultimate in high energy ‘Power Jazz’. There was standing room only for former Mercury prize nominees Led Bib and the audience was not disappointed. The music was loud, brash and unforgiving. Holub on drums and Donin on bass were unrelenting, creating a storm behind the 2 alto players Grogan and Jazz Café regular Chris Williams, (this being his third visit to the upstairs room in as many months).  Mclaren on keyboards got up to all sorts of mischief with the electronics at his disposal. This band certainly don’t do cool and easy listening but rather wild, invigorating and totally uplifting contemporary jazz.
Photos.
Steve H.

1 comment :

Paul Bream said...

Spot on Steve - "wild, invigorating and totally uplifting" says it all - it was great to find that a band which has been on the scene for more than a decade is just getting better & better, yet still with an instantly recognisable trademark sound.
And since their gig on Wednesday news has come through that Led Bib has been selected as one of the UK's two representatives at next year's Jazzahead - the biggest showcase for jazz anywhere in Europe. The other chosen band is Laura Jurd's Dinosaur, who have also played a Jazz North East gig in Newcastle within the past couple of months. So where JNE goes today, the rest of Europe follows tomorrow!

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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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