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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 Saturday August 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Mellow Baku - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Line-up: Mello Baku (vocals), John Hallam (reeds), Andy Dickens (trumpet), Ian Bateman (trombone), Tom Kincaid (piano), Rachel Hayward (guitar, banjo), John Day (double bass), Nick Millward (drums).

Jo Harrop w Paul Edis Trio - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £10.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Boys of Brass - Bill Quay Beer & Music Festival, Brack Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead NE10 0TT. 3:00-4:30pm. (Festival 1:00-11pm). Tickets: £10.

Xhosa Cole-Francis Tulip Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Evening

Matt Anderson & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 6:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Tony Kofi & the Organisation - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 8:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Picturehouse Deluxe + Kay Greyson - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. 8:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Georgia Turnbull (vocals & keys), Thomas Dixon (reeds), Jamie Mackay (guitar), Adam Cornell (bass), Ben Fitzgerald (drums).

Jam session - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 10:00pm. Free. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Bratislava Hot Serenaders & the Serenaders Sisters @ Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival - July 17

(Review by Russell)
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival was in full swing as the Bratislava Hot Serenaders took to the stage for the first of three concert performances. Later in the day the twenty piece orchestra would play in the the George Square Spiegeltent and the following evening conclude their visit in the Festival Theatre but this Tuesday lunchtime engagement focused upon the 'Dance Band Days' with a set list comprising the best of the British and American bands of the 20s and 30s. 
The Gothic style Teviot Row is the world's oldest purpose built student union building and up on the third floor, accessed via a spiralling stone staircase, the Bratislavans assembled on stage in front of a capacity audience. Ellington to start - Cotton Club Stomp - then 'S Wonderful as played by Ambrose. Band leader Juraj Bartos outlined the format; the best of the dance bands, many from this side of the Atlantic with some numbers from the Americans, all played entirely acoustically with the exception of one vocal mic and a condenser mic above the strings.  

Bartos and his band painstakingly transcribe tunes from original recordings. One can imagine the Bratislavans sitting around drinking strong coffee late into the night, surrounded by piles of 78s, as they put together a concert programme. Ellington, Ambrose, American born, London resident Carroll Gibbons' arrangement of A Foggy Day featuring Josef Kuril'ák, one of the Serenaders' two male vocalists, the other, Stancik Miloš eliciting, then conducting, the cry 'Hey!' from the audience on, as MD Bartos said, 'a strange dance number from Slovakia'! 
Blue Moon, Ellington's Jig Walk (a Charleston, said Bartos), Lew Stone's 1930 recording of Down by the River, Jack Hylton's Choo Choo from the following year, the Bratislavas were building up a head of steam. More from the British, Hylton again, with Nevertheless (1931), some Ray Noble with Al Bowlly, the Coon-Sanders' band,  As Time Goes By (from Casablanca), a hot interlude with Crazy Rhythm, ninety minutes flew by.  
Juraj Bartos is an engaging character (and fine trumpet player), his English not quite halting, invariably finding the right word, the right phrase. The band leader fondly recalled the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival and in so doing dedicated Love is Here to Stay to Patti Durham (present at the concert as a guest of the band) and the late Mike Durham. 
Russell.  

Juraj Bartos (MD, trumpet);  Stanislav Masaryk, Suchan Rastislav (trumpets); Pavol Hod’a, Pavel Sehnal, Piala Zdeno (reeds); Karol Bartos (trombone); Juraj Blaha (sousaphone); Marian Vavro (bass); Adam Szendrei, Jan Kruzuak (violins); Gabriel Szathmary (violin, violinophone); Erik Jambor (piano); Richard Fičor (guitar, banjo); Patrik Fičor (drums); Josef Kuril’ák,  Miloš Stančik (vocals) + Serenaders Sisters: Kristina Uhlikova, Nikol Tomankova, Sona Jeseniova (vocals).

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