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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.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

From No Place to the Globe

(Review by Russell)
Newcastle Jazz Co-op extended an invitation to Dave Weisser to relocate from the Chilli.
The Jazz Co-op’s house piano, drum kit and backline made it an attractive offer. Weisser went for it, no looking back. The Globe on Railway Street, home to Britain’s trailblazing jazz co-operative would, from now on, host Dave Weisser’s weekly Take it to the Bridge workshop.
The rain relented and Weisser’s friends turned out in force. The session began as a sextet – or was it a septet? – with All Blues and, two numbers in – There Will Never Be Another You – we were listening to a nonet. The permutations on the stand were endless, sitters-in and sitters-out. Thanks to the house piano, veteran pianist Barry Ascroft sounded like the fine piano player we have always known him to be. Drummer Norman Redhead played a familiar role – that of  the unobtrusive engine room stalwart book-ending the session with several stickmen taking spells, variously Michael Howard, Young Gun Matt MacKellar and the Old Gunslinger Ian Forbes.
The frontline horns were led by Weisser and the assured Ray Johnson. The altoists – Sue Bull and Rachel Richman – played their part, jostling for position on the stand alongside tenor man Dougie Fielder and, second set, Karen Rann (soprano). Duke Pearson’s Chant, some Bird and a Blue Bossa with all lining up to take a solo made time fly.
Alan Law showed up, so too Ian Forbes. A Blue Monk nonet (Dave Parker enjoyed being on this one) swung lazily – Law outstanding, Forbes dropping bombs right on cue. Adam Sams (guitar) overcame an amp malfunction to play good stuff, the ensemble excelled on Yesterdays and again on the closing number of the night How Insensitive. A word for the sound engineer, barman and tail-end tenor man Jeff Smith.                  
The Beamish Mary, The Bridge Hotel, The Blue Bell, The Chillingham Arms, The Globe – three Camra award-winning pubs, one picturesque Ouseburn location, one a trailblazing jazz venue. Take it to the Bridge has become an institution. From No Place* to the Globe, over twenty plus years Dave Weisser just keeps on going. We expect nothing less.       
Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet & flugelhorn), Dougie Fielder (tenor saxophone), Jeff Smith (tenor saxophone), Sue Bull (alto saxophone), Rachel Richman (alto saxophone), Karen Rann (soprano saxophone), Adam Sams (guitar), Roy Stephenson (guitar), Barry Ascroft (piano), Alan Law (piano), Dave Parker (double bass), Mike Clarke (bass), Norman Redhead (drums), Michael Howard (drums), Matthew MacKellar (drums), Ian Forbes (drums) 
Russell.
* The Beamish Mary, No Place, Stanley, County Durham. No Place, it’s a place. It’s the name of a place. Never mind. 

3 comments :

Norman said...

I would just like to thank Russell and BSH for their fitting recognition of Dave's efforts over the past 20 years to provide an opportunity for musicians young and old and of all levels of ability to actively participate on the local jazz scene and to personally thank Dave on behalf of myself and the many others, some of whom are now at the top their game. After all, for me my musical career started and ended as a teenager and, some several decades later, I have gained the title of an 'unobtrusive engine room stalwart book-end drummer' may 'Take it to the Bridge' thrive in its new venue

Ray Johnson said...

Great new venue for this north east jazz institution. I would like to endorse Norman's comments above and hope that "Take it to the Bridge" continues to thrive.

Bill Harper said...

Having worked with Dave in his early days in the UK, it's great to see that he has not lost his incredible enthusiasm for his music. He has an amazing natural untutored talent & a wonderful ear, much in the same vein as Chet Baker. I always considered Dave to be a superb vocalist, pitch perfect & extremely versatile & had he made his home in London rather than the "frozen north", I'm convinced that he could have been up there alongside the superstars like Ian Shaw. Although we went our different ways, I have never lost my respect for this talented guy. Keep on truckin Davie!

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