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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).


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 Thursday October 17



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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.



Aurora - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student). Zoë Gilby, Noel Dennis & co play the music of Tom Harrell.

No Fox - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Darlington Big Band - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Gerry Richardson Jazz Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (doors 7:00pm). Free.


Holy Moly & the Crackers - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton TS18 1AE. Tel: 01642 674115. 7:30pm. £12.00.

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

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Ingerlund in a jam session @ The Jazz Café - July 3

James Harrison (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Abbie Finn (drums); Kate O’Neill (vocals); David Gray (trombone); Paul Gowland (soprano saxophone); John Rowland (tenor saxophone);  Mo Hazem (drums); John Pope (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
It was going to be one of those nights. The heatwave continued (let’s have a barbie, we can give the jam session a miss), the students were gone fishin’ and there was the small matter of the World Cup match between Ingerlund and Colombia. Over the road at Times Square (Newcastle not New York!) supporters gathered in large number to watch the match on a gigantic screen, similarly, the Academy catered for 1000+ beer drinking Inglunders, including, it should be said, Bebop Spoken Here’s Editor in Chief!
Arriving at the ‘caff’ Laura and colleagues were busy doing accounts or such like on a PC, or so one thought. No, they were online, ready to watch the match! Yes, it was going to be one of those nights. The house trio – James Harrison, Paul Grainger and Russ Morgan – put any thoughts of Ingerlund’s date with destiny behind them and got down to playing some jazz. Session, Just a Closer Walk with bandleader Harrison preaching the gospel according to the jazz greats, and a revelation, our Secret Love was no longer, shouting it from the highest of hills.
Abbie Finn was in the house, oh, yes! All the way from Newton Aycliffe via Leeds and London, Finn plays drums as good as any, and that’s saying something with Russ Morgan on the premises. Russ graciously gave way allowing Abbie to join Harrison and Grainger. Bourbon Street featuring a shorts-wearing David Gray, followed by Paul Gowland toting a soprano alongside a casual looking (shorts, sandals etc) John Rowland on tenor to waltz their way through Someday my Prince Will Come, The show was on the road, the frontline led, appropriately, by ‘Showtime’ David Gray. ‘Good value’ is the phrase that springs to mind when the affable ‘bone man is around.
Teessider Kate O’Neill has become a regular at several of Tyneside’s many jam sessions and this evening she got up to sing three numbers; ‘S Wonderful, a winning The Man I Love, concluding her short set with Aretha Franklin’s big hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Ms O’Neill sings with a passion and has become a something of a fixture on the scene.
Drummer Mo Hazem was in the house, as was a growing band of new found Ingerlunders huddling around Laura’s PC to watch the looming penalty shoot-out. As the house trio played Gerry Mulligan shouts of ‘C’mon’ and ‘Get in’ echoed around the room. Did Mulligan ever experience support on a concert date like this?! Ingerlund, Ingerlund Ingerlund!  
Better late than never BSH’s Editor in Chief arrived. Fred Wesley’s For the Elders (a first Jazz Café airing of the JB Horns’ man’s tune) funked it up, On Green Dolphin Street more regulation, then the Dorsey/Sinatra number from 1941 – Violets for Your Furs – featured fine soprano playing from PG, Abbie Finn seeing off fours, all amidst a sense that post match euphoria had calmed.
JP arrived a little later than planned, nevertheless, PG (that’s bass man Grainger) was pleased John Pope had made it, allowing him to get to the bar to quench a thirst. The Preacher featured just about everyone left standing, Finn showed them how on St Thomas, Showtime blowing a ‘six nowt’ kind of trombone solo, then, before the young whippersnappers were left thinking they were ‘the business’ a sensational ‘good night’ solo from the main man, house drummer Mr Russ Morgan.

The Ingerlund intervention certainly had an impact on the evening, so much so that James Harrison playing some stonkingly good piano for once took second billing. The next Jazz Café jam session is post-World Cup on Tuesday 17 July. Expect a full house, down beat at eight. And it’s all for free. 

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Kate certainly knows how to pick some great numbers - and You Make Me Feel is one of those ....... written, of course, by the wonderful team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin. It was a hit first and most famously for Aretha in 1968 - and Jerry Wexler from Atlantic Records inspired King and Goffin to write a number about 'a natural woman' for Aretha's next album!

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