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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, January 19, 2016

A New Generation of Dinosaur – Tonight at Sage Gateshead.

(Preview by Russell)
Kids can be obsessive about dinosaurs. They find them in breakfast cereal packets. They find them in comics. They watch them on screen. They cuddle them…the soft toy variety that is. This evening a New Generation of dinosaur will be roaming the south bank of the River Tyne.
The walking-talking-breathing musical beast that is Dinosaur will take centre stage in the intimate confines of Sage Two. See up close the workings of a four-part musical creation; Laura Jurd, trumpet, Elliot Galvin, keyboards, Conor Chaplin, bass and drummer Corrie Dick are Dinosaur. 
All four of these young musicians have played on Tyneside in recent times and this line-up is one of their regular gigs together. Trumpeter Laura Jurd is one of the most talked about musicians on the British scene. Featured in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Jurd has been selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist (2015-17). The BBC’s hothouse development scheme will afford the trumpeter the opportunity to a) compose, b) perform, and c) benefit from an enhanced public profile.
Messrs Galvin, Chaplin and Dick, themselves well-schooled musicians, will be part of an exciting, creative period. Tonight at Sage Gateshead you have the opportunity to witness a real life dinosaur in action. Fear not, it’s of the cuddly variety.
Talking of kids loving scary creatures…the Early Bird will be staying out late hoping to catch sight of a nocturnal dinosaur and to play a set themselves. The Early Bird Band is a walking-talking (occasionally grumpy!) group of talented teenagers beginning to make their mark on the north east jazz scene. A series of regular performances in Newcastle at the Lit & Phil and Jazz Café, and further afield at several County Durham locations, this moveable beast (the line-up varies from a five piece to maybe six or seven on a good day) will present a selection of transcribed classic tunes and original material. One or more of these guys could well become household names. This is your chance to be there and say: I heard them when they were young ’uns! Contact Sage Gateshead’s ticket office on 0191 443 4661. It’s an eight o’clock start. They’re a scarily talented lot – dinosaurs and birds.
Russell.                        

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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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