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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.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Matt Anderson’s Wildflower Sextet @ Ushaw College. January 29

Matt Anderson (tenor & soprano saxophones), Laura Jurd (trumpet), Jamil Sheriff (keyboards), Alex Munk (guitar), Sam Vicary (double bass) & Sam Gardner (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Pam Young)
It’s the middle of nowhere on the outskirts of Durham. It’s the end of January. It’s cold and it’s dark. Let’s choose a poorly sign-posted venue on a sprawling country estate off an unlit road. Let’s put on a gig! Only a jazz promoter would think it could work.
What do you know? Fifty, perhaps sixty people, turned-up! And on a night of gale-force winds wreaking havoc across the north of England. Ushaw College, an amazing country pile – think Durham Cathedral, then some – screened from the road by mature woodland, is in the process of transforming itself from a Catholic seminary into a multi arts venue.
Classical, folk and jazz concerts are just some of the regular events at Ushaw. January’s jazz gig featured the Matt Anderson Sextet. The Leeds College of Music graduate (First Class Honours) has assembled a band of fine musicians. All are busy, the Yorkshire link a common bond, the lure of London irresistible for some, they get together from time to time to play some Wayne Shorter tunes and some Matt Anderson tunes. This Durham date, in the refectory, kicked-off with Anderson’s JG (Ballard). The tenor man led, Alex Munk (guitar) followed, as did the under-amplified pianist Jamil Sheriff. The horns were heard acoustically, the rhythm section boys – the Two Sams, top coats and woolly hats – were on the money right from the off, all the makings of a great gig. But it was cold. Boy, it was cold. The audience wore winter coats and hats, just like the Two Sams.
Wayne Shorter the inspiration, Anderson played Ponta de Areia, recorded by Shorter and Milton Nascimento some forty-odd years ago. Trumpeter Laura Jurd developed an intro, the relaxed Alex Munk showed what he could do, the band nicely warmed up, musically, if not literally! Jurd featured once more on Masqualero – in 7/4, said Anderson. Shorter, then Anderson, the bandleader’s tunes stood comparison. Three Clowns (comp. MA) was perhaps the highlight of the first set with Anderson’s commanding solo marking him out as an individual voice amongst his peers.
Second set, straight in with a swinging Sfumato. Another Anderson tune first heard up the road in Newcastle, MA and LJ had their say, then Munk. Sam ‘Woolly Hat’ Vicary stated the melody on Burning Man (another familiar Anderson composition), grabbed a solo, as did Jurd, as did the fluent band leading Anderson. A new arrangement of Iris from Miles Davis’ Sorcerer featured a beautifully considered solo from the consistently impressive Alex Munk and Jamil Sheriff, heard to better effect in the second set, reminded us that he is a fine pianist. Anderson closed the set with a new long form composition. Described as a ‘through composed’ work, Loch Lomond Mists featured Anderson on soprano. Reams of sheet music covered music stands and Sam Gardner’s drum kit (a word for Gardner – excellent, as always). The Ushaw College audience responded with sustained applause. A delighted Anderson returned to the stand with one more. A bluesy, swinging Fire Dance featured late night horns saying this and that, the kind of tune that could have gone on for another chorus or two and no one would have complained.
February’s gig – Friday 26 – is one for lovers of GASbook chamber jazz. The Virtuoso Jazz Trio (they live up to the name) are George MacDonald (clarinet), James Birkett (guitar) and Tony Abell (double bass).                   
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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