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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 Tuesday September 17

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 - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

Blues

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

Monday, July 04, 2016

Brass: Durham International Festival

(Preview by Russell)
Brass: Durham International Festival or in common parlance Durham International Brass Festival. Whatever it chooses to call itself, the 2016 event is one week away. Beginning a week today - Monday 11 July - community centres, museums, parks, a bridge, a school, a brewery and a boathouse share a common purpose…to transform County Durham into an all-singing-all-dancing capital of brass!
Durham City’s tourist trap cobbled streets become ‘Streets of Brass’ over the weekend of Saturday 16th/Sunday 17th July with a brass band of one sort or another popping up outside a pub, on Framwellgate Bridge, the Market Place, and sundry other locations from eleven in the morning to late afternoon. During the week Murton, Newton Aycliffe, Spennymoor and Stanley are just four of several locations across County Durham to host a brass band. 
New York Brass Band (York, England!), Oompah Brass, the Always Drinking Marching Band (hic!), the German Trombone Vibration and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners will play a set in schools, museums and parks. If you’re in Durham during the week, you’ll find it all but impossible to avoid a brass attack.
Durham’s Gala Theatre stages a couple of big events; on Friday 15th at 7:15pm the Hot 8 Brass Band appears with support from Leeds-based Portmanteau, currently building a big reputation having been selected to tour on the Northern Line scheme. The Hot 8s perform gigs way beyond the jazz sphere having worked with Mos Def and others. Tickets at £16 are selling fast. 
On Sunday afternoon (3:00pm, July 17th) a traditional brass band concert features the distinguished Fairey Brass Band. Tickets: £18 (£16 concessions).
The Battle of the Somme is commemorated in this centenary year at Durham Cathedral. The Durham Hymns is a major new brass work which will be premiered on Saturday 16th (7:30pm). The Centenary Choir and Brass Band together with Voices of Hope with lyrics by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will remember the many soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry wounded, killed or reported missing in action at the Somme. The music has been composed by Orlando Gough, Jessica Curry and Jonathan Bates.
Russell.
For tickets and further details visit www.brassfestival.co.uk.                          

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