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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.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ Ushaw Jazz Festival 2017 - August 26

Emma Fisk (violin) & James Birkett (guitar)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of John Cogan.)
Ushaw is at its best on a summer’s day. The house and grounds open to the public, the greenery, flowers in full bloom, what more could anyone ask? A jazz festival, that’s what! The ‘jazz lounge’, aka the Francis Thompson Room, with its numerous Chesterfields, potted plants, and bar counter groaning under the weight of sumptuous, tempting cakes, someone knew this Saturday afternoon that those leather sofas should be occupied well in advance of the one o’clock start of an eagerly awaited concert.
As one o’clock chimed across the Ushaw estate additional seating was squeezed into the Francis Thompson Room to accommodate a sold out audience there to hear Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, aka Emma Fisk and James Birkett. Violinist Ms Fisk provided the commentary, placing in context tunes written and or played by Messrs Venuti and Lang. To the left of our virtuoso violinist, master guitarist Dr James Birkett. A potted history, tunes familiar and not so familiar, the brilliance of Fisk and Birkett shone brightly on this perfect summer’s day. Cheese and Crackers, I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, Sunshine (a Venuti-Lang composition, rec.1926), It’s Only a Paper Moon, just perfect. Kickin’ the Cat, first recorded as a quartet featuring Adrian Rollini in 1927, prompted Fisk the storyteller to share a tale or two about Venuti the practical joker. The European duo of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli entered the picture with Coquette and Nuages delighting an on-side audience. I’m Confessin’ That I Love You, Black and Blue Bottom and Gershwin’s Someone to Watch over Me, there was no let up to a winning set list.

James Birkett’s guitar playing mesmerised throughout, and his own composition, Eddie’s Lament rightfully took its place in the pad. To close, a barnstorming Lady Be Good.       
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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