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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 Sunday August 25

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Alice Grace & Nick Pride @ Great North Feast, Bents Park, Sea Road, South Shields NE33 2LD. Time 12 noon-1:00pm. Free. A 'Proper Food & Drink Festivals' event - 10:00am-5:00pm.

Zoë Gilby Family All Stars - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

John Pope Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlngton DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 2:00pm. Free.

The Palaminos - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Buck Clayton Legacy Band - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 7:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Line-up: Menno Daams, Ian Smith (trumpets), Robert Fowler (alto sax), Matthias Seuffert (tenor sax), Adrian Fry (trombone), Martin Litton (piano), Alyn Shipton (double bass), Clark Tracey (drums). Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Joseph Carville Trio - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 AS. Tel: 01325 332255. 7:30pm.

Francis Tulip Quintet - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. Quintet feat Xhosa Cole (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018).

The Comet is Coming - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton TS18 1AT. Tel: 01642 606525. 8:00pm. £14.00.

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

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Chris Sharkey Trio/Paul Edis Jazz Workshop @ Ushaw Jazz Festival 2017 - August 27

Chris Sharkey (guitar), Mick Barden (double bass) & Luke Reddin-Williams (drums) + Paul Edis
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Brian Ebbatson)
Earlier this year Chris Sharkey enjoyed an extended residency at Newcastle’s Jazz Café during which he explored classic material recorded in the ’50s and ’60s focusing on the in-the-moment creative impulse. The Gateshead born guitarist decided to continue with the project and concert performances elsewhere were mooted. An early Sunday afternoon set in the Francis Thompson Room at the Ushaw Jazz Festival attracted a ‘Sunday roast and broadsheet newspaper’ crowd.  
The trio – Sharkey, Mick Barden, double bass, and Luke Reddin-Williams, drums – opened with Stella by Starlight. Expansive improvisation concealed the familiar melody (from some) as Chris Sharkey developed ideas; first this way, then that, bass and drums with him all the way. The set observed convention; retain the melody throughout the extended solo, bass solo, and a round of fours. All Blues, then A Night in Tunisia with Reddin-Williams’ furious drumming taking it out. And that was set one. Three tunes, forty-five minutes. Miles and Trane did it, so too Chris Sharkey.
Second set, All the Things You Are, all fifteen minutes of it, at a lick. Terrific! Chris Sharkey asked festival director Paul Edis if he would like to join the trio. Sharkey: Paul, do you want to start this one off for us? Solos all round on Footprints. Terrific! Half an hour in, time for one final number. A heavily disguised My Funny Valentine. Once again, terrific! 
Photos.
Jazz Workshop with Paul Edis @ Ushaw Jazz Festival 2017 - August 27
Following his spot with the Chris Sharkey Trio, Paul Edis conducted an informal workshop sitting at the piano in the Francis Thompson Room. The participants included a young flautist, a vocalist and a lapsed alto player who fancied having a blow after x number of years. Dr Edis’ students explored the rudiments, singing in key, finding middle C on the keyboard. Elementary standard, perhaps, the  important thing is all students took something from the workshop and left with renewed enthusiasm for jazz and a determination to put in those 10,000 hours of practice.             
Russell

1 comment :

Steve T said...

By Sunday lunchtime it was really down to the diehards to turn up for Chris Sharkey. A shame, for me this was the second best gig of a festival where the guitarists had it, but I would say that wouldn't I. Short of a disaster the previous afternoon, there was really only second place up for grabs.
The two sets were also very different from each other: a trio rather than Tulip’s quartet including piano, acoustic bass instead of pedalled-up bass guitar, and Sharkey, a southpaw, getting more sounds than he should be able to from a Strat against Tulip’s Gibson with a growing range of effects pedals.
A shame the busy, boozy couple of days caught up with Tulip and he couldn't get his lazy a$$ out of bed so had to kick himself for missing a masterclass in cutting edge jazz guitar. Two sets of just three pieces each, including All Blues and Night in Tunisia, with contrast coming from Lord Paul guesting on Shorter’s Footprints, seeming to attempt to perform with every group across the weekend. But it's Jazz so it wasn't so much the 'tunes' as what they did with them. Brilliant.

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