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

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Tunde Jegede:'Testimony'. Concert and two workshops - July 12 & 13

The Jazz Cafe in collaboration with Waka Waka Africa is proud to present a solo concert, the “Tunde Jegede Testimony Tour : 21 Concerts in 21 Cities” at 8pm on Wednesday 12th July in the Black Swan Bar and Venue, Newcastle Arts Centre, 69 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SG.
Tunde Jegede is an internationally renowned kora (African harp) player, cellist and composer whose remarkable music bridges African and European musical traditions. 
There will be a short support set of songs from a young, local singer,Victor Yugire and Tunde will also be giving two music workshops.
Tunde Jegede grew up in London where his Nigerian father was artist in residence at the Keskidee Centre, Britain’s first Black Arts Centre, and where Tunde encountered a range of artists and activists including Bob Marley, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Angela Davis. In the Gambia as a child he studied the kora and the ancient Griot traditions of West Africa; in London he studied the cello and western composition.
In addition to work with classical orchestras he composes for film, theatre, dance, opera and music theatre productions. He has also worked with former members of the Jazz Warriors and writes for vocalists in the pop, R‘N’B, Reggae and Hip Hop fields.
WORKSHOPS
Workshop # 1 - Wednesday 12th from 6pm to 7pm in the Black Swan. An introduction to the Kora  (West African Harp) and the Griot tradition dating back to the 13th century. Workshop and talk for students, musicians and members of the public. £10.00.
Workshop # 2 – Thursday 13th from 10.30am to 12.00 / 12.30 in the Jazz Cafe, 25-27 Pink Lane NE1 5DW. A creative music workshop for musicians and students of music. An exploration on composition from an African perspective. This workshop is for people of mixed musical abilities and instruments as long as they are able to bring their own. There is no age restriction for this workshop but numbers are restricted to 20.  £15.00
 Admission to both workshops for a discount of £20.00
Advanced booking is necessary for the workshops since space is restricted. Tickets for both the workshops and the concert are on sale at The Jazz Cafe from noon on Tuesdays to Saturdays Tel. 0191 222 9882. When booking for a workshop a phone number or email address should be left.
Tickets for the concert, priced £8.00 advance / £7.00 Under 18’s (£10.00 on the door) are also on sale online at www.jazzcafe-newcastle.co.uk.
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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Lance