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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 17

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 - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

Blues

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Greg Abate & Paul Edis @ The Gala Theatre, Durham - July 20

Greg Abate (alto sax); Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Malcolm Sinclair).
There was little sign of a break in the prolonged spell of fine weather and upon arriving at Durham's Gala Theatre Greg Abate and Paul Edis were sitting on the terrace putting together a set list for their lunchtime gig. Invariably the venue's monthly jazz concert is a sellout and today's performance didn't depart from the script. 

Secret Love to start with the American post-bop alto saxophonist Greg Abate taking the tune to town, throwing down the gauntlet to pianist Paul Edis and it came as no surprise that the north east's finest was more than up to the mark. Bye Bye Blackbird, Edis, then Abate, making solo statements, a sensitive reading of Alone Together followed by a corker...Parker's Mood with it's stop time chorus and Abate's mid-solo cry of 'Yeah!' 

Pianist Paul Edis is a match for anyone and he took the honours with some exceptional work on Bronislaw Kaper's On Green Dolphin Street. Abate paid homage to fellow master alto saxophonist Jackie McLean on Dig and in typically casual fashion our Stateside guest suggested: Why don't you start this one, Paul? as they took it down on I Remember April.  

This July edition of Paul Edis' monthly lunchtime promotions at the Gala proved to be of the highest quality and, to emphasise the point,  their take on A Night in Tunisia would have had Dizzy cheering them on from the wings. 
Russell
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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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