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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 Saturday August 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Mellow Baku - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Line-up: Mello Baku (vocals), John Hallam (reeds), Andy Dickens (trumpet), Ian Bateman (trombone), Tom Kincaid (piano), Rachel Hayward (guitar, banjo), John Day (double bass), Nick Millward (drums).

Jo Harrop w Paul Edis Trio - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £10.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Boys of Brass - Bill Quay Beer & Music Festival, Brack Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead NE10 0TT. 3:00-4:30pm. (Festival 1:00-11pm). Tickets: £10.

Xhosa Cole-Francis Tulip Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Evening

Matt Anderson & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 6:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Tony Kofi & the Organisation - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 8:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Picturehouse Deluxe + Kay Greyson - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. 8:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Georgia Turnbull (vocals & keys), Thomas Dixon (reeds), Jamie Mackay (guitar), Adam Cornell (bass), Ben Fitzgerald (drums).

Jam session - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 10:00pm. Free. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson 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, May 12, 2016

Tonight @ The Gala Theatre Durham

The Ronnie Scott’s Story
Featuring the Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet
UK TOUR
12th May - Durham, Gala Theatre
22nd May - Chelmsford, The Civic Theatre
24th June - Wimborne, Tivoli Theatre
6th – 10th July - Henley-on-Thames Henley Festival
17, 24 & 31 July - York, Great Yorkshire Fringe
29th July - Kings Lynn Festival, Norfolk
In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in London’s Soho.    An ardent jazz fan, he and fellow saxophonist Peter King had dreamt of opening a club modelled on the swinging jazz clubs and buzzing scene of New York’s 52nd Street.  From its humble beginnings fifty six years ago, Ronnie Scott’s would become one of the most famous jazz joints in the world. 
The Ronnie Scott’s Story is a visual and musical celebration of the club’s extraordinary history.  Combining live jazz, narration and rare archive video footage, it charts the club's rise from a basement bar, through its trials & tribulations and landmark  performances from jazz icons, to become the internationally acclaimed jazz venue it is today.
We hear about the desperate hand-to-mouth finances of the early years, the frequent Soho police raids, gangsters and their scrapes with the Krays and the mystery bottle of Champagne.   Life at Ronnie’s is evocatively reimagined through tales of the club’s past visitors, from pop stars, film stars and politicians to comedians and royalty, but above all, Ronnie’s jokes and the musicians.
Having fought to lift a ban on visiting American musicians, Ronnie Scott’s would play host to some of the finest musical talent of the 20th century including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Elvin Jones, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, Ella Fitzgerald and many, many more.  Co-hosted by saxman Alex Garnet and Ronnie Scott’s Musical Director, pianist James Pearson, The Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet perform music by many of the great acts that have graced the clubs stage, exemplifying the classic post-bop sound of the great era of jazz.
Featuring, James Pearson Piano, Sam Burgess Bass, Alex Garnett Sax, Freddie Gavita Trumpet and Chris Higginbottom Drums.

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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.
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