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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.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Help Musicians UK announces Helena Kay the winner of prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2017







The UK’s biggest independent music charity Help Musicians UK (HMUK) announced today that young Scottish alto saxophonist and band-leader Helena Kay (left) has won the coveted Peter Whittingham Jazz award 2017 of £5,000. HMUK also awarded additional development funds to three other Jazz artists Olly Chalk, Faye MacCalman (Archipelago) (right) and Jasmine Whalley (Tȇtes De Pois).
The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award was established in 1990. The award is judged independently of HMUK and is awarded annually to emerging Jazz musicians and offers development funding, to allow high potential artists to take their careers to the next level. Many previous Peter Whittingham Jazz Award awardees have made it to the forefront of the jazz scene, they include Errollyn Wallen MBESoweto Kinch, Andrea Vicari, Empirical, Led Bib, Phil Meadows and the Mercury Prize nominated Roller Trio
HMUK is committed to supporting and championing women in Jazz and last year announced the Jazz Promoter Fellowship Programme in partnership with jazz composer and gender equality campaigner Issie Barratt, with the aim of closing the identified gender gap in the sector.

The charity will celebrate Women in Jazz, with a line of up of the two Peter Whittingham awardees 
Helena Kay’s KIM Trio and Jasmine Whalley’s Tȇtes De Pois, alongside Laura Jurd at an exclusive Jazz show curated by HMUK, as part of Independent Venue Week at London’s 100 Club on Sunday 4 February. Tickets will be released later this week, see www.helpmusicians.org.uk for more information.
Helena Kay, originally from Perth, Scotland, is an exceptionally gifted alto saxophonist, former Young Scottish Jazz Musician Of The Year, jazz graduate and artist fellow of Guildhall School, as well as bandleader of KIM Trio. 
Reacting to winning the award, Helena Kay said “Recording, releasing and promoting my debut album is a daunting and expensive prospect, but the support and guidance that this award provides will be a massive help in making it possible. It means a lot to have been selected for this prestigious award, given the reputation of the panel and previous winners; I'm very grateful and excited to get started.”
Claire Gevaux, Help Musicians UK Creative Director, added “The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award is open to all and has been won by a diverse array of incredible British jazz talent. And this year is no exception, Helena Kay has an exciting future ahead of her. Women are under-represented in jazz and through a series of programmes and initiatives including the Jazz Promoter Fellowship, HMUK will continue to work collaboratively to redress the gender imbalance by championing women in the music industry.”
The independent judging panel of the award was chaired by Peter Whittingham’s son-in-law Clive Shelton, alongside eminent jazz experts Zoe Rahman, Geoff Gascoyne, Issie Barratt and Noel Langley.

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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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