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Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (DownBeat, September 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 Sunday August 25

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

Alice Grace & Nick Pride @ Great North Feast, Bents Park, Sea Road, South Shields NE33 2LD. Time 12 noon-1:00pm. Free. A 'Proper Food & Drink Festivals' event - 10:00am-5:00pm.

Zoë Gilby Family All Stars - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

John Pope Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

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

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlngton DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 2:00pm. Free.

The Palaminos - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Buck Clayton Legacy Band - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 7:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Line-up: Menno Daams, Ian Smith (trumpets), Robert Fowler (alto sax), Matthias Seuffert (tenor sax), Adrian Fry (trombone), Martin Litton (piano), Alyn Shipton (double bass), Clark Tracey (drums). Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Joseph Carville Trio - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 AS. Tel: 01325 332255. 7:30pm.

Francis Tulip Quintet - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. Quintet feat Xhosa Cole (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018).

The Comet is Coming - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton TS18 1AT. Tel: 01642 606525. 8:00pm. £14.00.

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

Saturday, May 14, 2016

CD Review: Sari Kessler - Do Right.

Sari Kessler (vocals); John Di Martino (piano); Ron Affif (guitar); Steve Whipple (bass);  Willard Dyson (drums); James Shipp (percussion, 4 tracks); Houston Person (ten sax, 3 tracks);
Nadje Noorhuis (trpt, flug, 3 tracks)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Sari Kessler is a very talented woman, a clinical psychologist who has given up her profession to concentrate on music, a New York based jazz singer, songwriter, arranger and also a keen runner. And a very good jazz singer indeed, if this debut album is anything to go by. Sari has performed in the San Francisco Bay Area and various leading venues in Manhattan, and has wide experience of singing pop, soul, as well as studio and radio work.
Kessler states that she wishes to ‘invest each word with meaning’ (a singer after my own heart), and does so straight from the off, with Walk On By, a soulful rendering in a clear pleasant voice, with muted brass and a sad guitar. After You’ve Gone is skilfully sung quite fast yet still managing to be full of pathos, with effective variations of the tune followed by a more hardboiled Why Don’t You Do Right.
The bleakest song on the CD is new to me, The Gal from Joe’s, which I gather is a song about a girl who has died, who must travel the ‘last mile all alone’. The rest of the CD gives us happier songs, such as Sunny; It’s A Wonderful World (not the Louis Armstrong Song); I Thought About You; The Frim Fram Sauce; Feeling Good; Moonglow. But there’s also, an original by Ms. Kessler My Empty Bed Blues, as well as Too Close for Comfort, this one is so well sung that it became quite sinister.  And she does right by her musicians as well (always a good idea!) as they have whole chorus solos, not just the snatches that some singers allow, and they are all well competent, especially the tricksy piano on Sunny and the happy Latin percussion on Feeling Good.
Lance has discussed whether there is ‘room’ for all these new singers.  I would say that there’s no end to talent, locally, nationally and worldwide, and if talent exists, then there’s room for it and it should be celebrated wherever it crops up. Many people would hate to be really famous, to be laid open to criticism on twitter and persecution by the media, along with the praise.
Anyway, before I jump on a soapbox, I should say that Do Right is available on the Ruby Street Music label, from  www.sarikessler.com
Ann Alex

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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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Lance