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Giovanni Guidi: "So many jazz albums today are all original compositions, and five minutes after the record is finished, you can't remember a single song. I think it's a problem." - (JazzTimes Oct. 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 Friday October 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things - Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 7:00pm. £8.30. - £5.80. Film (2019, 89 mins) directed by Leslie Woodhead. Swing Bridge Trio in Café Bar following screening.

Dave O’Higgins & Colin Oxley - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. £20.00. ‘O’Higgins & Oxley Play Monk & ‘Trane’. Oxley replaces Rob Luft.

Paul Taylor - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. Tel: 0191 334 5119. 7:30pm. Free (donations). An Ushaw Piano Festival event.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Guisborough Big Band - Saltburn Golf Club, Guisborough Road, Saltburn TS12 1NJ. Tel: 01287 622812. Time TBC.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. Time 8:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Blues/Soul etc.

Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Gero Schipmann UK Sextet (all 5 of them!) @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - July 7

Gero Schipmann (guitar); Duncan Eagles (tenor/soprano); Sam Leak (piano); Jack Garside (bass); Jordan Dinsdale (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Firstly, I'm completely unapologetic about my references to England and the World Cup. I'm patriotic to the core even though I'm not a Brexiteer but England is edging closer to realising the dream. On Newcastle's Central Station two fans who'd perhaps celebrated, not wisely but well, were lying on the ground recreating the antics of Brazilian 'superstar' Neymar in an earlier game. The police presence looked on with tolerant amusement, they too understood the mood. It was impressive and 'The Neymar Roll' could become the next dance craze although it doesn't have the elegance of  'The Ali Shuffle'.
Bypassing the Russia vs Croatia game being televised in Times Square, I reached the Globe Jazz Bar, where I was pleased to note a goodly crowd had also walked on by and opted for an evening of well-played jazz.
Music knows no boundaries, Germany, London and Leeds combining to produce a balanced program of originals mostly, if not all, composed by guitarist Schipmann.
The trend these days seems to be for bands to compose their own material, nothing wrong with that, and Schipmann's compositions are probably as good as most of the originals being churned out by all and sundry once they've graduated from whatever music school they've paid their dues at. I'd like to see these compositions shared or exchanged with other bands and, thus, over a period of time, become part of the jazz canon.
Taking to the stage unannounced, and no explanation as to why they were a player short, they began with a moody, ethereal piece that floated like a butterfly without stinging like a bee - at least not yet. Eagles, on soprano, produced the exotic feel that the straight sax invariably does. Enter Schipmann and, along with him, the bees. The temperature rose to a mindblowing crescendo before coming to a gentle conclusion. Butterflies 2 Bees 1.
I didn't record the titles as, being originals, they would be meaningless to those who weren't there. As early as the second number, the honey bringers were back on the attack and a spirited blast by Eagles levelled the score and drew the first round of applause which included much whooping and hollering from one of the Jazz Coop regulars.
The humidity rose again when Eagles subbed the soprano sax in favour of his tenor but the hero of the hour on this number was Sam Leak who played the musical equivalent of a hat trick and brought more vocal applause from the stands and deservedly so.
Halftime with the Bees in control. Over on Times Square it was 2 all and looked like a penalty shootout.
No likelihood of that here not with Jordan in goal, sorry, I mean on drums. Then suddenly, there was a counterattack by the Butterflies and, despite being soft and lyrical in concept, Schipmann's solo was perhaps the best of the night and surely worthy of the applause awarded. He's one of the best guitarists I've heard and with minimal, if any, pedals to distort the sound.
Southpaw Jack Garside ran the German close with one of the better bass solos I've heard but it was left to Jordan to bring the show to a close with a solo that near brought the house down.
Bring on Croatia - no Wallys with brollies this time!
Lance.

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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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