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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 Sunday September 15

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Whitley Bay Classic Car Show, The Links, Whitley Bay NE26 1QQ. 11:00am. Free.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Darlington Rhythm & Blues Festival - various town centre venues, see preview. 12:30-10:15pm. Free.

Alice Grace & Pav Jedrzejewski - Bonbar, Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU.Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Earl Grey Saxophones: At the Movies - Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick TD15 1AJ. Tel: 01289 330999. 2:00pm. £12.00. Featuring members of the Borders Big Band.

Hot Club du Nord - BAAFest 2019, Brownrigg Lodges, Bellingham NE48 2HR. Tel: 01434 220646 (ticket office). Afternoon tickets: £15.00. (adult), £7.50. (child 12-17), free (under 12s). 3:00pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue Trio - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Beefy La Slap Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Bruce Adams with Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £10.00. Blaydon Jazz Club’s 35th anniversary gig!

Debra Milne & Steve Glendinning - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE$ 7AD. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

CD Review: Ninna Milner: Songs For Sentient Beings

(Review by Ann Alex)
I’m so pleased to be reviewing this CD on International Women’s Day, as it’s an excellent example of what women can achieve with music. I was concerned when I read on the publicity sheet that the album was ‘for and to the sentient beings of our planet’, which sounded a bit pompous to my ears, but there is nothing pompous at all about the CD, which gives us fine jazz-influenced music and lyrics with an original, quirky and sometimes moving twist.  For example, there are 2 songs about contemporary concerns: Dear Humans deals with climate change and the earth is speaking to us: ‘I’m as old as the hills/ and forever your mother/but your way of living kills/You need me, sisters and brothers/It seems that you don’t bother."
When The Boat Comes In addresses the issue of the immigrants coming by sea, and compares boats entering safe tourist harbours such as Dublin with boats of immigrants coming to other parts of Europe.  The rest of the songs deal with life and love in general, with titles such as Let Me Be Your Favourite Song; Back To Wellington; Wednesday In October; Hoi An; That’s What He Said; This Too Shall Pass; Such A Sunday; Paris On My Tongue and a booklet of lyrics is supplied.  Ms Milner’s voice is gentle-toned and sweet, every word is clear, and the musicians supply effective solos and they know how to swing when appropriate. This Too Shall Pass gives us lovely riffs on the violin, and on the song about immigrants, the organ plays in gospel style. The accordion goes Latin on Such A Sunday.
There isn’t much information given about these two talented women, except to say that they met in that place of significance for women, a toilet queue! 
Ann Alex.
Ninna Milner: Songs For Sentient Beings was released on March 6 and WiMi 21 may be the catalogue number, but this is not clear from the publicity sheet
Ninna Milner (composer, vocals); Christine Bojsen Traeden (lyrics); Mads Sondergaard (piano, accordion); Tomas Raae (upright bass); Janus Templeton (drums, perc); Regin Fuhlendorf (guitar, banjo); Dan Hemmer (organ, moog); Annmare Soffi Petersen (violin).
(Singers on Dear Humans: Ninna Milner, Birgitte Soojin, Bobo Moreno, Persille Ingerslev, Kira Martini, Esben Just, Sinne Eeg).

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