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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 August 20

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Will Earl - Band Room, Music Studios, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 12 noon. Free. Earl (drums) Postgraduate Recital. ‘Solo and groove: innovation in contemporary drumming practices’.

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Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 12:00pm - 2:00pm. Free.

NOTE EARLIER TIME THIS WEEK ONLY.

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Joe Reid - Band Room, Music Studios, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:40pm. Free. Reid (drums) Postgraduate Recital. ‘Progressive Drumming & Polyrhythms of the Modern Drummer’.

Evening

Jazz

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 7RU. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Giles Strong (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass), Paul Wight (drums).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:30pm. £4.00.

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Julija Jacenaite Trio @ The Globe - June 10

Julija Jacenaite (vocals, shakers); Steve Glendinning (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex/photo from stock)
Once again, another great performance from this trio, to a small but appreciative audience in this Jazz Coop gig at the Globe. Many of the songs began with the whole song sung slowly, then a gradual build up of solos, scat and skilled interpretation. Wave began as a gentle sea, quiet voice and shakers, smooth scat, bass solo (early on), then with an extended ending, very rhythmical. Alice in Wonderland began with voice and guitar only. The A Train was running faster, with bass and guitar on the tracks together, then slower at the end, when it speaks of possibly missing the train or decreasing speed as it approaches the station.
There were some original songs from Julija’s recent CD: Moon Moods, Down By The River, and Lyja, which is about rain, ending with ‘I love you’ - sung in Lithuanian - and a song about a Facebook profile.

Love Me Or Leave Me had Julija doing skilled wordless vocalising, with some amusing very low notes, and the guitar cheekily imitating some of the sounds. Misty, with a lovely slow guitar solo, and a song about an apple tree, in which a couple of people were handed the shakers, and we all helped with percussion with what we had in hand, in my case, the reviewer’s pen against a glass.
We joined in the chorus of the song that we’d done at the Durham Festival – ‘O Adiar, Adio, opa, opa, opa’, followed by a long guitar solo which was based on the tune that we’d just sung – great stuff. This was all rounded off with There’ll Never Be Another You, with solos, and Paul up at the dusty end of the bass fingerboard.
Another enjoyable night at the Globe.

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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