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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

Evening

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Zoë Gilby: Pannonica @ The Fox Inn, Hexham - May 23

Zoë Gilby (vocals), Paul Edis (keyboards) & Andy Champion (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Village Vanguard. Tonite, all the way from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, we have a wonderful trio to play for you. Please give a Big Apple welcome to Zoë Gilby, Paul Edis and Andy Champion! 
A sweltering early summer evening down in the village, the habitués of the West End Terrace monthly jazz session were hearing Zoë Gilby for the first time.
It’s a long way from Zoë Gilby’s Tyneside base to the Fox Inn way out west. It was only a matter of time before the acclaimed vocalist would make her debut at this ace jazz club. No $10.00 minimum at the bar here! Two sets, then downtown to take the late nite subway home. It would be worth the journey.
In Walked Bud sang Gilby with her trademark ‘Pann-on-ica’ enunciation right on the money. Lyrics to most of tonite’s tunes were written by Jon Hendricks, the piano playing was largely down to Paul Edis with a little help from TS Monk. The bass player didn’t require any help. First call to all out-of-towners, Andy Champion is the man. Ask Me Now, Ugly Beauty (Gilby’s observation that this was Monk’s one and only waltz) and Blue Monk with Abbey Lincoln’s lyrics, this was Ms Gilby sockin’ it to the village faithful.
MC Michael Cunningham commented on the first set: This is the first time I’ve heard a pin drop in the Fox. Yes, Gilby, Edis and Champion were wowing the West End Terrace crowd alright. Hey!  Bartender …gimme another Deuchar’s.
Brilliant Corners, Rhythm-a-ning (Champion’s sit-up-and-take-notice solo), Think of One, tomorrow morning’s New York Times would surely acclaim Gilby’s NYC debut. An ‘in-the-palm-of-her-hand’ ‘Round Midnight nothing short of sensational, Gilby was in the home straight. Straight No Chaser: a bit of fun, said our vocalist. Hear that pin drop.
Hey! Wake up buddy, it’s the end of the line said the guard. Huh? Oh, yeah. Zoë Gilby was singing down in the village. NYC, you know? The guard was having none of it. This ain’t New York, buddy, you’re in Newcastle. That’s Newcastle, ENGLAND! Oh, yeah, but one day…
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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