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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.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Matt Anderson & Paul Edis @ The Lit & Phil - June 30

Matt Anderson (tenor saxophone) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photo by Brian Ebbatson)

Is this where the harpsichord recital is?
 Er? No, it’s jazz, tenor saxophone and piano.
Oh!
Our recital goer paid the admission!
Leeds College of Music alumnus Matt Anderson, these days based in London, jumped on a train at breakfast time, arriving in Newcastle at around midday to play a duo concert with Paul Edis. A rainy day in town, would numbers be down? Not likely! The Loftus Room in the Lit & Phil was as near its capacity as always. Fridays, monthly, are the new late night jazz session.
A one hour set found Matt and Paul contributing tunes of their own interspersed with a standard or two. Matt’s Burning Man, Paul’s Regret (a world premiere, no less!), a reworking of Edelweiss, the duo have worked together several times over the last two or three years, and this renewal resulted in a high-level empathetic performance. Perhaps the duo will take their partnership on the road. As the Loftus Room is conducive to acoustic performance it made a pleasant change to see the place free of amplifiers, cables and pedal boards.

Matt’s It’s Later Than You Think (to do with sundials and their inscriptions – aka graffiti), heard Matt projecting his secure, fulsome sound, and on Nordic Blues Paul stretched out, crafting one of many first-rate solos on material he sees on an occasional basis – ie when they play a gig together. Two Birmingham Conservatoire undergraduates were in town. One of them well acquainted with Paul’s piano-playing, the other, a pianist making a first visit to Newcastle, the young man was impressed!
The hour flew by, another excellent Lit & Phil gig. Next month’s concert – July 21st – presents Ruth Lambert with her new band featuring Alan Law, piano, Neil Harland, double bass and Russ Morgan drums. One o’clock start, arrive early as seats are at a premium and this concert is likely to sell out.
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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