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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

CD Review: Mosaic – Subterranea

Ralph Wyld (vibraphone), James Copus (trumpet & flugelhorn), Sam Rapley (clarinet & bass clarinet), Cecilia Bignall (cello), Misha Mullov-Abbado (double bass) & Scott Chapman (drums & percussion)
(Review by Russell)
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ralph Wyld has toured widely with Mosaic and worked as a sideman in several other bands. The release of this debut CD as a leader is an opportunity for Wyld to present his own compositions to an album-buying public. All tracks on Subterranea (seven of them, of which two are ‘interludes’) are written by Wyld and they are interpreted by musicians of his own generation, themselves forging distinctive careers in an increasingly crowded talent pool of British music school graduates seeking to make their mark.

Subterranea is produced by fellow vibraphonist Jim Hart, this was, no doubt, a conscious choice by Wyld – having someone on board who has an affinity with the music and how it should be heard. A Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition award for the title track – Subterranea – marks out the vibes man as a composer to keep tabs on (and listen to). This tune together with Cryptogram are perhaps the ‘jazz’ tunes on the album. Sam Rapley impresses, being particularly effective on bass clarinet, James Copus, trumpet, similarly makes a telling contribution on Cryptogram, as does drummer and percussionist Scott Chapman.                        
Russell.

Subterranea by Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic is available on Edition Records (EDN 1077). Ralph Wyld is on tour during 2017.        

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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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