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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.

Until July 21

Today Tuesday July 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Friday, May 20, 2016

BABMUS @ The Jazz Café, Newcastle. May 19

Ashleigh Lowes (vocals), Celine Tovey (trumpet), Jen Hayton (alto saxophone), Ciaran Jasper (baritone saxophone), Tom Bearpark (piano), Matthew Splevins (guitar), Stephen Hall (bass), Dan Butteo (drums), Michael Mather (percussion) + Paul Edis (MD, alto saxophone) & Sue Ferris (tenor saxophone)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
BABMUS…an amalgam of Sage Gateshead’s BA and BMus student degree courses. One or two familiar faces – percussionist Michael Mather has been known to sit-in at Caff jam sessions and Stephen Hall (electric bass) has performed at Sage HQ – took to the stand as members of an eleven piece band in the upstairs room of the Jazz Café. Nine students and two senior practitioners – MD Paul Edis and guest Sue Ferris (tenor saxophone) – played two sets of familiar tunes to a healthy turnout of enthusiastic supporters.
So What (Edis mischievously suggested bass anchor Hall would play a pivotal role on the number…no pressure then, Stephen!), an Edis arrangement of a Bruno Mars song (singer Ashleigh Lowes featured on several tunes) and A Message to You, Rudy illustrated a wide ranging approach to the degree programmes’ learning and performance ethos. Dan Butteo and Michael Mather featured on Abdullah Ibrahim’s Soweto, Lowes handled All Blues as Sue Ferris showed all present how to play blistering tenor saxophone.
Pianist Tom Bearpark brought along a tune of his own; Simply Drifting (parts written out for the ensemble) first heard MD Dr Edis on alto, then the composer himself on piano. If Bearpark gets along to a Jazz Café jam session he could challenge some of the best sight-readers in town to accompany him on the number. Add a brace of Stevie Wonder classics and we were just about signed, sealed and delivered save for Michael Jackson. Billie Jean with Hall’s on-the-money bass line closed an enjoyable evening of music presented by an enthusiastic group of talented student musicians. Thanks to the Jazz Café for offering the room to the students, thanks to Paul Edis for pulling it all together and specials thanks go to Sue Ferris – if inspiration is half the battle, then the tenor saxophonist more than did a good job in showing the students what can be achieved with application and dedication.
Photos
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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