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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (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 18

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.

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

Blues/Funk/Soul

Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Bradley Johnston Trio + Giles Strong Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00.

Dan Garel & Friends - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

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

Saturday, July 07, 2018

A brief and belated note from Vancouver International Jazz Festival June 22 - July 1

GoGo Penguin @ Performance Works June 22.
Chris Illingworth (piano); Nick Blacka (bass);  Bob Turner (drums)
(Review by Kay.)
GoGo Penguin kicked up a perfect storm on the opening night of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The Mancunian Trio have established a strong following in Vancouver (this their third visit) and tickets sold out early with both the venue and surrounding garden area packed to capacity. Billed with a very complex description in the Vancouver programme, for me Phil Barnes definition of ‘a beautiful blend of elements of jazz and improvised music with clear nods to modern classical, electronica and old school house music’ comes close to the mark. Including tracks from their latest CD, A Humdrum Star (reviewed by Phil Barnes) interspersed with tracks from previous albums, Illingworth, Blacka and Turner’s performance held their audience spellbound throughout.  With tracks affording glimpses of each of their compelling talent, the seamless, intense connection between this outstanding trio brought a unique quality to their performance and the concert ended with a well- deserved standing ovation.  
GoGo Penguin’s creative energy, rebellious spirit and commitment to producing a sound on the criteria that ‘it works’ brought to mind Young Fathers, a Scottish band of the same ilk. The Canadian ‘awesome’ a fitting description, or translated by those of us north of the border ‘pure dead brilliant’!
A man of few, if any, words on stage, it was good to hear Chris Illingworth encouraging a girl from the audience to follow her dream and pursue a career in music. Thanks to sound engineer Joe Reisen for facilitating the photos.
GoGo Penguin perform at the Riverside, Newcastle, on   November 7.
Setlist: Prayer, Raven, Kamaloka, A Hundred Moons, Home, Return to Text, Bardo, One Percent, Hopopono, Reactor, In Amber, Strid, Weird Cat, Murmuration, Transient State, Window.
Kay C.
Footnote: I hope all's well with you, Lance,. I wasn't sure whether this review would be too out of date (also feel I couldn't quite get it right) but after much dithering decided to send it and let you decide. Feel free to edit and I really don't mind at all if you feel it's too late to post. In truth I'd probably be relieved! Though I've been attending the Jazz Bar and Whighams in Edinburgh for many years, my passion for jazz is recently developed and I'm lacking in both technical and historical knowledge. I know what I like because of how it makes me feel and discovering, and being surprised by bands like GoGo Penguin is a real joy.  I managed to catch four (and a bit) performances in Vancouver ranging from the funky Ghost Note to a young woman with a great voice who did a wonderful cover of Joni Mitchell's A Case of You. I was sorry to miss Topeka Reid but her performance clashed with GoGo Penguin. I loved the variety. The festival was really well supported with hundreds attending the outdoor performances in great spaces.
Apologies for the quality of the photo, I had to take a quick snap as I was reminded while taking it there were to be no photographs but thankfully was able to say I'd got permission from Joe Reisen the band's sound engineer.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Lance