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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 Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Sunday, April 08, 2018

GIJF Day 2: Jazz Song Masterclass with Sheila Jordan - Sage Gateshead, April 7

(Review by Ann Alex)
Sheila Jordan was introduced to us by Zoe Gilby, who was at a similar masterclass about 5 years ago, and who has been greatly influenced by what she learned then. And what an engaging, entertaining personality Ms Jordan proved to be! There were about 30 people present, mostly women, and she said that whatever we do, we should ‘keep singing’. Three brave souls had volunteered to have songs critiqued by our teacher, but first, we all did some singing, accompanied by the ever-adaptable Pete Churchill on piano.
We tackled Barbados, music by Charlie Parker, and lyrics by Sheila herself, and others. We were advised about having full song lead sheets  (tune, lyrics, chords etc) then Sheila taught us this bebop tune. Thanks to lots of encouragement, we were soon each soloing over 4 bars of the chords. Lots of advice about scatting – ‘Don’t do it if you don’t want to, Billie Holiday didn’t scat’ and ‘avoid using letter ‘s’, it can sound like a very rude word. We then sang a short blues, playing with lyrics by saying our names and where we lived and other quick comments, simple but effective exercises. And all this was peppered with anecdotes about Sheila’s life and times.

Up stepped our singers, Jen did I Didn’t Know What Time It Was, Julie performed a rather complex  Kurt Weill/Ogden Nash song I’m A Stranger Here Myself and Amy brought a song which was her audition piece for the Leeds Conservatoire, All The Things You Are. They all did well and received useful advice. Said Sheila to Amy ‘if you don’t get through that audition, refer them to me’.

We were then given email and website details, and even Sheila’s home address, so that we could pop in to see her if we ever happened to be in New York!  I can’t wait to hear Sheila do her stuff on the Sunday afternoon of the festival.
‘And remember, keep singing’ said Sheila finally. Good advice!
Ann Alex 


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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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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.)
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